Past Events

  • 2017 Nov 28

    Panel: Shinzo Abe Scorecard: How’s He Faring after Five Years?

    Location: 

    K262 Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    TOBIAS HARRIS
    Vice President, Teneo Intelligence

    ANDREW OROS
    Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Director of International Studies, Washington College

    Moderator: Susan J. Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations presentation
    Special Series on the Future of East Asia

  • 2017 Nov 27

    Globalism in the Tale of Genji

    Location: 

    Porte Seminar Room S250, Second Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    JUNKO YAMAMOTO
    Professor, Faculty of Human and Cultural Studies, Kyoto Gakuen University

    Moderator: Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, Harvard University

    *This event will be held on MONDAY*

    Reischauer Institute Special Presentation

  • 2017 Nov 18

    Film Screening:  Alone in Fukushima

    Location: 

    Sheraton Boston-Back Bay B (Second Level), 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
    8:00pm to 10:00pm

    Host: Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina
    Panelists:
    Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
    Christopher Ives, Stonehill College
    Mayu Nakamura, Independent Filmmaker, Tokyo, Japan

    About the Film
    Nakamura Mayu’s Alone in Fukushima documents a year in the life of fifty-five-year-old Matsumura Naoto, a resident of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. After the triple disaster of March 11, 2011—a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown, Matsumura has remained behind in his deserted hometown of Tomioka City next to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor. There, Matsumura looks after animals that were abandoned in the wake of the disaster. While Matsumura has received considerable media attention in Europe and America, where he has become a messianic icon of animal rights and the anti-nuclear movement, the Japanese media have virtually ignored him. Nakamura’s documentary portrays Matsumura as a complex character who is resisting the erasure of his hometown while struggling for survival alongside the non-human inhabitants of the evacuation zone. Alone in Fukushima raises important ethical questions about interspecies becoming and the vulnerability of life in the Anthropocene.

    This screening is a part of American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2017.  Those who are affiliated with the Reischauer Institute will be able to attend the event  regardless of whether they are not AAR members or registered for the conference.

    AAR Boston Films Focus on Sustainability co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

  • 2017 Nov 18

    Symposium: The Japan-US Science Forum, Food Science for the future: Health, Supply and Future

    Location: 

    Room B103, Northwest Bldg., 52 Oxford St.
    1:00pm to 6:30pm

    KAZUHIRO YAMASHITA, Canon Institute for Global Studies
    ANOWAR ISLAM, University of Wyoming
    MOTOKO MUKAI, Cornell University
    LAURENT ADAMOWICZ, Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation
    THEODORE C. BESTOR, Harvard University

    For registration and more information, please view here

    Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Consulate General of Japan in Boston, United Japanese researchers Around the world, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
  • 2017 Nov 17

    Symposium: “Is Demography Destiny? Japan in Comparative Perspective”

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
    4:00pm to 5:45pm

    MARY BRINTON
    Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
    YOSHIO HIGUCHI
    Professor, Department of Business and Commerce, Keio University
    MARGARITA ESTEVEZ-ABE
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
    PAUL CHANG
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
     
    Moderator:
    Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations 
    Co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; Korea Institute; Japan Society of Boston.

  • 2017 Nov 16

    Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium S010, Concourse Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
    5:00pm

    PRASENJIT DUARA
    Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University

    Moderator:
    Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University
    Ian J. Miller, Professor of History, Harvard University

    For more information, please view here

    The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center

  • 2017 Nov 14

    Transformation of Familialist States in Italy, Japan, Korea, and Spain

    Location: 

    K262 Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    MARGARITA ESTEVEZ-ABE
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

    Moderator: Susan J. Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations presentation
    Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute

  • 2017 Nov 13

    Film Series: Aging in Asia

    Location: 

    S354, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.
    Mon - Thu, Nov 19 to Nov 22, 4:15pm - 4:15pm

    November 13 (Mon)  4:15pm
    Old Partner

    (Korea, 78 min.) 
    Introduced by Paul Chang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    November 14 (Tue) 4:15pm
    Baghban
    (India,178 min.)
    Introduced by Paul Chang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    November 15 (Wed) 4:15pm
    For Fun
    (China, 98 min.)
    Introduced by Haijing Hao, Asia Center Associate, Assistant Professor, UMass Boston

    November 16 (Thur)  4:15pm
    Pecoross' Mother and Her Days

    (Japan, 113 min.)
    Introduced by Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Instiute, the Reischauer Institute, and the South Asia Institute

  • 2017 Nov 13

    Evaluating Abe’s Third Arrow: How Significant are Japan’s Recent Corporate Governance Reforms?

    Location: 

    Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall 308 Harvard Law School
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    CURTIS MILHAUPT
    Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law and Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law
    Director, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law 
    Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School

    East Asian Legal Studies 50+ Lunchtime Talk Series
    Co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Program on US-Japan Relations

  • 2017 Nov 13

    Exhibition: Landscape: Fabric of Details

    Location: 

    Main Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge
    Mon Nov 13 (All day) to Thu Dec 21 (All day)

    TORU MITANI
    Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

    About the exhibition: This exhibition of a selection of projects by Toru Mitani and firm, Studio on Site, is about how small things have a significant, perceptual impact on diffuse landscapes. Over the past two decades, Mitani’s work has explored how perception is altered through minute dimensional changes in the prosaic components of everyday landscapes. Incremental variations in the heights and widths of curbs, in the rim of a drain, or the trimming of foliage, when repeated across space, induce shifts in perception intended to make the landscape intensely vibrant and present. Projects by Mitani on display include his Okutama Forest Therapy, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and Machida City Hall projects, among 14 total projects in the exhibition.

    For more information of the exhibition, please view here

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