GENEVA, N.Y.—During its spring meeting the Board of Trustees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges approved the promotion of James-Henry Holland, II, to associate professor, effective July 1, 2001.
Holland, of Geneva, is an associate professor in the newly created Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and has taught at the Colleges full-time since 1994. He is known both as a teacher and as an ethnographer of the Japan. He is a consultant to the self-instructional Japanese programs at many universities in the northeastern U.S., and has given invited presentations at museums with major collections of Japanese ceramic art. Additionally, Holland has written on the importance of allusion-making in the Japanese tea ceremony, and is currently preparing a book manuscript, titled “Mastering Tea: The Social and Aesthetic World of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.”
This coming academic year, Holland will supervise the off-campus study program for Japanese language and culture in Hikone, Japan, at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, as well as the Asian studies, Japanese language, culture, and literature exchange with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and the exchange with Tokyo Women's Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.
Holland received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Japanese studies from Western Kentucky University, master's degrees in East Asian studies and anthropology from Cornell University, and a doctoral degree in anthropology from Cornell University.