2009 TOSHIBA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM
“Japan's Cultural Imagination and its Contribution to the World”
Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17, 2009

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009

 3:30pm
Registration for Teacher's Workshop

 4:00-6:00pm
Workshop: “Using Asian Films in the Classroom”

A free professional development workshop for K-16 faculty. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Murawski (jennm@pitt.edu).
Place: 125 Frick Fine Arts Building
Presenter: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., Associate Professor, Theater Arts, Loyola Marymount University

 6:00pm
Reception BY INVITATION ONLY

Place: The Cloisters, Frick Fine Arts Building

Richard Scaglion, Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Stephen R. Tritch, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, and Chairman of Westinghouse Electric Company

Sally Wiggin, Anchor, WTAE Channel 4 News, Pittsburgh

Eric C. Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

 6:30pm
Opening of the Exhibition, "Making Face: The Depiction of Women in Japan from Edo to Today" and the Symposium

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.

 7:30pm
Film Showing: Kamikaze Girls/Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004)

Place: 125 Frick Fine Arts Building (Auditorium)

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

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2009
Place: 125 Frick Fine Arts and The Cloisters

 8:30-9:00am
Registration
(no registration fee) Pre-registration is requested, but not required

 9:00-9:30am
Opening Remarks

Richard Scaglion, Director, Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies and Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Albert J. Novak, Jr., Vice Chancellor, Institutional Advancement, University of Pittsburgh

Lawrence Feick, Director, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Fumihiko Namekawa, President and Managing Director, Toshiba International Foundation

L. Keith Brown, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh (in honor of the late Dr. Keiko I. McDonald)

 9:45-11:15am
The Place of Women in Japanese Culture

Chaired by Karen M. Gerhart, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:
Ethan Segal, Assistant Professor, History, Michigan State University
Paper Title: "Rethinking Masako and the Perception of Women in Early Warrior Society"

Christina Laffin, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia
Paper Title: "Mothers, Mentors, Nuns: Court Culture and Women's Writing in Kamakura-Era Japan"

Shalmit Bejarano, PhD Candidate, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Paper Title: "Parody and Identity: Examinig Values in Japanized Images of Sericulture"

Clark Chilson, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Paper Title: "The Voice of a Contemporary Shaman"

 11:30-12:30pm
Lunch

 12:45pm-2:15pm
Japanese Classical Theater in the World
Chaired by Mae J. Smethurst, Professor, Classics, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:
Shelley Fenno Quinn, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
Paper Title: “Kanze Hisao’s French Connection: The Demo Duel with Jean-Louis Barrault at Tessenkai Noh Theater”

Richard J. Smethurst, Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh
Paper Title: “Tsukioka Kõgyo and the Popularization of Noh in Japan and Abroad, (1890-1927)”

Laurence R. Kominz, Director of the Center for Japanese Studies and Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Portland State University
Paper Title: “College Kabuki Productions in the United States”

 2:30pm-4:00pm
Asian Popular Culture in Films

Chaired by Adam Lowenstein, Associate Professor, English, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:
Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., Associate Professor, Theater Arts, Loyola Marymount University
Paper Title: "Christians from Hell: Cinematic Adaptations of Makai Tensho"

David M. Desser, Professor Emeritus, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, and EALC Research

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paper Title: "Of Waterboys and Swing Girls: The Post-Post Modern Japanese Youth Film"

Charles Shiro Inouye, Director of International Letters and Visual Studies and Professor of Japanese, Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, Tufts University
Paper Title: "Yamada Youji and the Kinder, Gentler Samurai"

 4:15pm-5:45pm.
International Influences of Video Games

Chaired by Gabriella Lukacs, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:
Mia Consalvo, Visiting Associate Professor, Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paper Title: "Convergence and Globalization in the Japanese Videogame Industry"

Yuko Aoyama, Associate Professor and Henry J. Leir Faculty Fellow, Graduate School Of Geography, Clark University
Paper Title: "Cultural and Technological Resources in the Evolution of the Video Game Industry: A Three Country Study"

Rebecca Carlson and Jonathan Corliss, PhD Candidates, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Paper Title: “Playing with the (Post)Human: Videogames at the Boundaries”

Goichi Suda (Suda51), CEO, Grasshopper Manufacturer Inc., Tokyo, Japan

5:45/6:00pm
Closing Remarks

Richard J. Smethurst, Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh

 6:30pm
Reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Oakland Room BY INVITATION ONLY

7:30pm
Dinner at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Dining Room BY INVITATION ONLY

Keynote Speaker: Peter Grilli, President of the Japan America Society of Boston
Title: “Performing Arts of  Japan: Windows on the Soul of a Nation”

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

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