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UBC Free Public Lecture Jan 18: Five Long, Short Years: Our World, Our Fukushima


The Department of Asian Studies, at the University of British Columbia, presents their annual John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies featuring guest speaker Dr. Norma Field, Professor of Japanese Studies Emerita at the University of Chicago. This year’s lecture, titled Five Long, Short Years: Our World, Our Fukushima, will discuss the Great East Japan Earthquake that brought with it a tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in 2011 and the efforts that have been made since, over the last five years in Fukushima, to struggle for an alternative world.

Talk: Five Long, Short Years: Our World, Our Fukushima
Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016
Time: 6PM – 8PM
Place: Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, UBC, Vancouver

This lecture is free and open to the public. Online registration is required:


Speaker Bio:

The Robert S. Ingersoll Professor of Japanese Studies Emerita at the University of Chicago, Norma Field was born and educated in American schools in Tokyo, Japan. Her publications include In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: Japan at Century’s EndKobayashi Takiji: 21seiki ni do yomu ka (Reading Kobayashi Takiji for the 21st Century); Fukushima Radiation: Do You Still Say No Crime Was Committed (co-translator); and For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature (co-editor).

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Department of Asian Studies – University of British Columbia

607 – 1871 West Mall, Vancouver