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Japanese and East Asian Collection Opens at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The book collection of Marius B. Jansen, a leading scholar on Japanese and East Asian civilization, will now be housed in the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. To celebrate the opening, the Colleges will host a symposium of lectures on East Asian history and culture.

September 17, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—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. 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). The symposium events are free and open to the public.

Among his many publications are The Japanese and Sun Yat-sen, Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration, Japan and China: From War to Peace, Japan and Its World: Two Centuries of Change, and China in the Tokugawa World. Jansen’s final book, The Making of Modern Japan, was published by Harvard University Press in 2000 and is widely regarded as a classic in its field. In 2001, the Colleges acquired the Jansen Collection through the generosity of Mrs. Jean Jansen and the Jansen family, the enthusiastic cooperation and support of the Colleges' administration, and the efforts of an HWS faculty member who studied with Professor Jansen in the 1960s and 1970s. Consisting of more than 1,800 volumes, many of which are quite rare, the Jansen Collection is a wonderful addition to the Colleges’ holdings on East Asian history and civilization, one that will prove to be of great value for student and faculty research.

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. A long-time colleague of Jansen’s at Princeton, Collcutt is a specialist in the religious and cultural history of Japan. He also has served as chairman of Princeton’s East Asian studies department. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Five Mountains: the Rinzai Monastic Institution in Medieval Japan and one of the editors of the Cultural Atlas of Japan.

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. Having received his Ph.D. in Japanese history under Jansen in 1972, Peattie has taught at Pennsylvania State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Stanford University. Peattie is one of the leading U.S. experts on Japanese military history. His publications include Ishiwara Kanji and Japan’s Confrontation with the West, Nan’yo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945, Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1945 (with David Evans), and Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941.

John D. Langlois, Jr. will give “Chinese and Japanese Banks Today: Are They as Weak as People Say?” at 3:30 p.m. Langlois received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton, where he studied with Professor Jansen. He has taught at Bowdoin College as well as Princeton, is the editor of China under Mongol Rule, and the author of numerous important articles on Chinese intellectual and legal history. Langlois also has enjoyed a distinguished career in international banking with postings in New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, and London. He currently resides in Princeton and Beijing.

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