Academic journal article East-West Connections

Asian Studies Development Program 10th National Conference Kansas City, Missouri April 15-17, 2004: Conference Speakers

Academic journal article East-West Connections

Asian Studies Development Program 10th National Conference Kansas City, Missouri April 15-17, 2004: Conference Speakers

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Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago, spoke in the Plenary Session on Friday morning on the topic, "The Mythology of Incarnation in Ancient India and Bollywood." Dr. Doniger earned doctoral degrees at Harvard and at Oxford. She is a specialist in Hinduism and has published numerous translations and studies on mythology, gender, politics and eroticism. Among other service, she is Past President of the Association for Asian Studies (1998) and the American Academy of Religion (1985).

Bill Tsutsui, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, spoke at the luncheon on Saturday on the topic, "Godzilla and Postwar Japan," the topic of his forthcoming book. Dr. Tsutsui holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton. His research focuses on the business, social and environmental history of twentieth-century Japan. Dr. Tsutsui's current projects include studies of the environmental impact of World War II on Japan, marginalized groups in Japanese society, and Godzilla as a Japanese cultural icon.

Charles E. Morrison, President of the East-West Center, spoke on "The U.S. Stake in Asia and the Pacific" at the luncheon on Friday. Dr. Morrison earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research specialties include Asia-Pacific international relations, economic and security issues and U.S.-Japanese relations. Dr. Morrison has had extensive involvement with the conceptualization, organization and funding of policy-oriented educational research and dialogue projects between Japan and the United States.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 15

1:00-4:00     ARC Directors' Lunch and Semi-Annual          Vera Cruz 2
                Meeting

2:00-5:00     Conference Check-in

5:50          Pre-Conference Dinner and Play (Windswept
              Blossoms by Yang Chiang) at Johnson County
              Community College. Meet at the main
                entrance of hotel for transportation.

Friday, April 16

8:00-5:00     Conference Check-in and Information               Lapaz 1

8:45-10:00    A. Philosophy & Film: East-West                   Lapaz 3
                 Connections & Applications

              Chair: Brian Mackintosh, University of Alabama in
                Huntsville
              Bonnie Melchior, University of Central Arkansas (English)
                "King Lear and Ran: A Meditation on Cultural
                Difference"
              Mike Awalt, Belmont University (Philosophy)
                "Staring Down the Abyss: A Heideggarian Reading of
                Kurosowa's Ikiru"
              Erin Cline, Baylor University (Philosophy)
                "Holding Up One Corner of a Problem:
                Using The Emperor's Club to Teach
                Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation"

              B. New Asian Initiatives at Johnson County        Lapaz 2
                 Community College: Targeting New Disciplines

              Chair: Andrea Kempf, Johnson County Community College
              Jan Cummings, Johnson County Community
              College (Interior Design)
                "Incorporating Required Courses on Asian Furniture
                  and Carpets into Interior Design: Bringing the
                Far East to Johnson County"
              Sheilah Philip-Bradfield, Johnson County Community
                  College (Theater)
                "Teaching Kabuki in an Introduction to Theater Class:
                How Students Relate to this Genre"
              Stuart Shafer, Johnson County Community College
                  (Sociology)
                "Chinese Society: Past and Present"
              Andrea Kempf, Johnson County Community College
                  (Librarian)
                "Sex and Violence and Other Timely Issues:
                Contemporary Asian Literature and its Applicability to
                Career and Social Science Programs"

              C. … 
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