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Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:30pm, Campus Center 205. Public Lecture. Peter D. Shapinsky (Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois, Springfield), speaking on “The Greatest Pirate in Japan: Representing Sea Power in Sixteenth-Century East Asia”. This presentation traces the career of Noshima Murakami Takeyoshi (1533-1604), a seafarer dubbed by Jesuit visitors as the “Greatest Pirate in Japan”. Professor Shapinsky integrates Japanese and foreign representations of Japanese pirates to show how seafarers like Takeyoshi employed reputations, performances of lordship, and protected businesses to inspire authorities and travelers to recognize them as legitimate rulers over sprawling, sea-based domains. He shows how an exploration of pirates can reveal maritime dimensions of the local autonomy that was a hallmark of Japan’s late medieval age, contest the land-centered biases in both historical sources and modern histories, and provide a transnational perspective on sixteenth-century Japan. This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, and the Smith College Lecture Fund.


Thursday, October 26, 12:00-1:00pm, Campus Center 102. Presentation of the Major and Minor in East Asian Studies.


Thursday, November 16, 12:00-1:00pm, Campus Center 205. With alumnae, Rachel Payne ‘97, speaking on “From East Asian Studies Major to Entrepreneur: The Journey of a Liberal Arts Graduate” She will speak to EAS majors and minors about careers. Ms. Payne graduated from Smith with a double major in EAS and GOV and went on to work at Google after getting her MBA at Stanford. She now owns her own tech company called FEM Inc. Read more about her at: https://www.levo.com/videos/rachel-payne. Pizza and beverages provided.


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