Friday, October 2, October 9, and October 16, 2009

Fractured Fairytales: Annual Japanese Film Series hosted by the Asian Studies Center
7:30 pm in 125 Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

October 2, 2009: The Cat Returns, Neko no Onagaeshi (2002)

October 9, 2009: Memories of Mastuko/Kiraware Matsuko no Isshō (2006)

October 16, 2009: Kamikaze Girls/Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004)

Speaker: David M. Desser, Professor Emeritus, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, and EALC Research Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, October, 15, 2009
Asia Over Lunch: “Performing Past and Present: Tradition and Modernity in Japanese Group Taiko Performance.”
12:00-1:00 pm in 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Ben Pachter, PhD Candidate, Music, University of Pittsburgh
Part of the Asia Over Lunch Series presented by the Asian Studies Center

Friday, October 16, 2009
Workshop: “Using Asian Films in the Classroom”

A professional development workshop for K-16 faculty, free of charge. Contact Jennifer Murawski ( to register.
4:00-6:00 pm in 125 Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Presenter: Kevin Wetmore, Associate Professor, Theater Arts, Loyola Marymount University

Friday, October 16--December 4, 2009

Art Exhibition: "Making Face: The Depiction of Women in Japan from Edo to Today"

The University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

Making Face is the culmination of a Museum Studies seminar taught by Eric C. Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum. Twenty-five students spent the early part of the semester learning about Japan, woodblock prints and curatorial practice, and then worked in teams to present this exhibition as part of their course credit. The group made all decisions relating to the exhibition, including theme, installation technique, lighting and wall panel design, and also wrote all label texts as part of this unique hands-on learning process. The wonderful prints on display come from the Barry Rosensteel Collection in Arizona, and we would all like to thank Mr. Rosensteel for his support of this project. Additional prints are on display in the Special Collections section of Hillman Library.

The University Art Gallery will be open during the Symposium on October 17, 2009. Regular hours for the University Art Gallery are Monday to Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Passport to the World: Japan
2:00-3:00 pm, Carnegie Library of Oakland
A program for 5- to 10-year old children with Japanese folk stories, cultural demonstrations and a related project.

Funding is provided by: Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments at the University of Pittsburgh

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