Monday May 13, 2013
7:00 PM Lecture, 8:00 PM reception
Kane Hall 225, Walker-Ames Room
Northwest artist and a graduate of the University of Washington, Frances Blakemore (1906-1997) spent most of her adult life in Japan, her experiences bridging from pre-World War II militarism to postwar modernization. First arriving in Tokyo in 1935, she chronicled her early Japanese life in art, spent the war years in Honolulu, and returned to Japan in 1946 as a member of the Civil Information and Education Section of the General Headquarters led by General MacArthur. In subsequent years Frances flourished as an artist and gallery owner in Tokyo. This talk introduces the leaflet designs Frances created against her beloved Japan and discusses their artistic merit, the issues and processes involved in their production, and their effect on the Japanese toward the end of the war.
SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration is appreciated. Contact JAPAN@UW.EDU
Michiyo Morioka is an art historian and author of American Artist in Tokyo: Frances Blakemore, 1906-1997 (2007). Having lectured in the U.S. and Japan, she has worked extensively with U.S. collectors of Japanese art, and curated many local and international shows including the ground-breaking exhibition Japanese Painting: Modern Masters of Kyoto: Transformation of Japanese Painting Traditions (Seattle Art Museum 1999). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1990 and lives in Seattle.
Since 2007 the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture has brought prominent leaders in the fields of Japanese art, history, and society to speak at the University of Washington. This series is supported through an endowment established by the generosity of friends and family of the Ways to honor this Seattle couple's dedication towards the promotion and preservation of the art and culture of Japan. For more information on how to contribute to supporting this fund, please contact JAPAN@UW.EDU.
Wednesday May 22, 2013
4 - 6 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma UW Tacoma Campus
As our nation shifts its strategic focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, the South Puget Sound and Washington State move toward center stage in the arenas of international trade, military and security investments, and cultural exchanges. What does this mean for our future?
Join us for a conversation about our relationships with the Asia-Pacific region and how we can help foster a prosperous future throughout the Pacific Rim.
Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan Deputy Commanding General, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director Washington State Department of Commerce
Michael Rawding, Founding Principal Deerhorn Advisors
Beth Rivin, M.D., M.P.H. Faculty, University of Washington School of Law, Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Vice-President of Uplift International
Moderator: Divya McMillin, Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Free Registration and more information at www.tacoma.uw.edu/pacific
Sponsored by: PMBA Pierce Military and Business Alliance, the Tacoma News Tribune, Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Topia Technology
Tuesday May 28, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Smith Hall 115
Donald Shively first considered the topic of “Buddhahood for the nonsentient” (sōmoku jōbutsu) as a theme in noh plays back in 1957. In the subsequent fifty-five years, there have been several major studies published on sōmoku jōbutsu in Japanese and one major study in English (Fabio Rambelli’s Buddhist Materiality, 2007). This new research enables a more complex understanding of how popular conceptions of sōmoku jōbutsu play themselves out in noh involving nonsentient beings, and in particular how the concept of Buddhahood for the nonsentient intersects with the issue of “Buddhahood in this very body” (sokushin jōbutsu) for women. A vexing question for medieval Buddhist scholars was whether either nonsentient plants or women could achieve enlightenment through their own efforts (jiriki) or had to depend on the intervention of a higher Buddhist power (tariki).
Tuesday June 4, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
The March 11, 2011 disaster at the Tokyo Electric Company’s Nuclear power plant was more a “human disaster” rather than one solely caused by the earthquake and the tsunami. As we learn more about this accident, one from which Japan shall never recover, we are also able to clarify much about the nature of nuclear energy. The occurrence of nuclear power accidents is inevitable. Rather than from mechanical problems, their occurrence is a consequence of political deception. In this discussion Igarashi will reconstruct the fragmented facts presented in the media to explain the political structure of the nuclear power industry.
Akio Igarashi is professor emeritus at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. His research has focused on modern Japanese political thought and contemporary politics. More recently his interests have included local political issues, such as the analysis of referendums on nuclear power issues. He is the author of numerous books, including Nihon Seiji Ron (Japanese Politics) and one co-authored with Miranda Schreurs titled Josei ga seiji wo kaeru toki (When women alter politics).