Japan's World War II in Asia: 70 Years On

Venue: The University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland
Dates: September 30 and October 1, 2011


Friday, September 30

8:30: Continental breakfast for speakers
8:45: Opening words: Richard Smethurst; Larry Feick, Director of UCIS; and James Knapp, Dean of Arts and Sciences

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Origins of Japan's War in Asia
Moderator: Bernard Hagerty, University of Pittsburgh

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Group photograph of conference speakers, followed by buffet luncheon for speakers

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: World War II in Asia, Part One
Moderator: Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh

6:30 PM Reception and dinner for speakers at Faculty Club

Saturday, October 1, 2011

8:30: Continental breakfast for speakers

9:00 AM – 12:00 AM: World War II in Asia, Part Two
Moderator: Peter Karsten, University of Pittsburgh

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Buffet luncheon for speakers

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: The Impact of War on Japanese Society
Moderator: Akiko Hashimoto, University of Pittsburgh

Honored Guest: Masanori Nakamura, Hitotsubashi University Emeritus


The conference has been organized by Professor Richard Smethurst of the Pitt history department, with the assistance of the staff of the University’s Asian Studies Center. Funding has been provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments of the University of Pittsburgh.  Everyone is welcome, but space is limited.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dianne Dakis in the Asian Studies Center, dakis@pitt.edu.

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