Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host “Japan and Its World,” a symposium Sept. 28 to celebrate the opening of the Marius B. Jansen Collection of Western Language Works on East Asia, housed in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. The symposium events are free and open to the public.
The celebrations on Sept. 28 will include the formal opening at 10:15 a.m. of the Jansen Collection on the second floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, which will feature remarks by Colleges President Mark Gearan and Patricia Stranahan, provost and dean of the faculty. Three lectures in the Geneva Room will follow the opening ceremony:
- Martin Collcutt, professor of history and East Asian studies at Princeton, will lecture on “The Iwakura Embassy in New York State in 1872” at 11 a.m.
- Mark R. Peattie of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace will present “Down In Flames: The Destruction of Japanese Naval Air Power in the Pacific War” at 2 p.m.
- John D. Langlois, Jr. will give “Chinese and Japanese Banks Today: Are They as Weak as People Say?” at 3:30 p.m.
One of the world’s leading scholars of East Asian civilization from the early 1950s until his death in 2000, Marius B. Jansen taught at the University of Washington and then at Princeton University, where he was a professor of Japanese history as well as director of the East Asian studies program (1962-68) and chairman of the East Asian studies department (1969-72).
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