Lectures

Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: VIRTUAL LECTURE
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On March 20, 1995 members of the religious organization Aum Shinrikyō perpetrated a sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway. After the group was put under strict police surveillance, members who used to live in commune took different paths. In this talk we will discuss the experiences of female former members who decided to leave the organization after 1995 but were unable to completely reject Aum and the lives they had lived inside it. They returned to a life outside the organization, but they have continued to feel different, and to feel differently, from other people.


Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 4:30 pm
Location: VIRTUAL LECTURE
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Paek Sin-ae (1908 – 1939) was a socialist activist turned woman writer whose career was cut short by early death. She lived in the era of New Women, typically identified as educated women in public or protestant missionary schools who sought women’s rights in domestic life and in society. But Paek was homeschooled and spent most of her life away from the social network of writers and intellectuals of her time.


Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 4:30 pm
Location: VIRTUAL LECTURE
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To the surprise of many South Koreans, in 2004 then president Roh Moo-hyun announced that lingering pro-Japanese collaboration issues would join other crimes of contemporary Korean history to be investigated in the extensive Truth and Reconciliation project that the national assembly eventually passed. After all, the Korean peninsula had been liberated from Japanese colonial rule for six decades; investigations under the 1948 Anti-Traitor Act had been terminated the following year....


Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 4:30 pm
Location: Virtual Lecture
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Late imperial China witnessed an explosion of textual production, from manuscripts to woodblock and movable type prints. Increased availability of books posed new challenges to compilers and readers who sought comprehensiveness in a sea of information. One of the primary arenas for managing and circulating information was the production of a variety of encyclopedic genres and reference works. Innovations in finding devices within such genres have often been associated with the rise of “consultation reading.” But was piecemeal consultation the only way to use encyclopedic reference works?...