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Illinois College to host Japanese Lecture Series


The Japanese Studies Program at Illinois College is pleased to present a new lecture series for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The series is designed with a particular emphasis on those disciplines in which Illinois College has majors and minors so that students and faculty members will be able to find links to Japan within their academic interests.

“We anticipate that this lecture series will encourage students to consider double-majoring or minoring in Japanese Studies,” Reiko Itoh, associate professor of modern languages, says. “We hope that this lecture series will inspire and encourage faculty members to link their research interests with Japan. We also want to generate interest in Japan within the local community.”

The inaugural Japanese lecture series was made possible by the following: The Malcolm F. Stewart Faculty Award for Intercultural Education, Alice Margaret Engelbach Memorial Endowment for Asian Studies and the Japan Foundation, New York, Grant for Japanese Studies.

Mark your calendar to attend these exciting lectures which are free and open to the public:

  • "The Myth of McDonaldization: Globalization and Cultural Change in a Japanese Community" on Monday, September 26, 2011, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 11 a.m.

  • "Human-Animal Relations in Japan and in the U.S." on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 7 p.m.

  • Shakuhachi (Traditional Japanese Flute) Recital on Friday, November 4, 2011, in Rammelkamp Chapel at 4 p.m.

  • “Japanese Ceramics” on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 7 p.m.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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