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Eternal Japan: From Tokyo to Kyoto

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Jonathan Hall
May 14 - 26, 2014
Jonathan M. Hall is a film researcher and curator in Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. An expert in Japanese film culture, Jonathan's research profile extends to avant-garde art and digital technology on the one hand and to film's intersections with literature and history on the other. He is interested in how Japanese arts both express and question dominant culture. In the mid 1990s, Jonathan co-curated JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film, 1955-now, the most extensive program of Japanese experimental film to tour outside Japan. Jonathan has also taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California, and the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He pursued his graduate work simultaneously at the University of Tokyo and the University of California Santa Cruz. Jonathan will be leading the May 2014 departure.

Peter Duus
Sep 13 - 25, 2014
Peter Duus, Emeritus Professor of History at Stanford University, is a distinguished historian of modern Japan. He has also taught at Washington University, Harvard University, and Claremont Graduate School, and he has been active in promoting the study of Japan at the pre-collegiate level. In 2012 the Japanese government awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to U.S.-Japan understanding. He is the author of two widely used textbooks on Japanese history, and his other published work has ranged widely, from Japanís party politics to its cartoon art and its response to natural disasters. His latest book, Rediscovering America, focusses on Japanese views of the United States during the twentieth century. He has spent more than ten of the last fifty years living in Japan witnessing the dramatic changes the country has undergone since its recovery from World War II. An ardent traveler, he has visited nearly every prefecture in Japan, and he spends several months every year in the beautiful old capital Kyoto. He delights in sharing his knowledge with tour groups. After lecturing to the young for so many years, he says, he enjoys talking to adults, whether the subject is Japanese history, Japanese culture or Japanese cuisine.

Carol Morland
Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2014
Carol Morland is a Japanese art historian, with special expertise in the painting of the Edo period. She has taught courses in East and Southeast Asian art at the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan), Temple University Japan (Tokyo), and the University of Hawaii. In addition, Carol has been an editor for Orientations in Hong Kong and has translated Japanese articles for that magazine and other publications. Most recently, she was an assistant curator at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where she focused on the museumís collection of ukiyo-e. Carol holds an M.A. in Japanese Studies and a Ph.D. in Japanese art history from the University of Michigan. She has two decades of experience living, working, and studying in Japan and China. Current research topics include the changing concepts of Japanese portraiture in the early modern period and the rise of amateur painting circles in the Nagoya area during the 19th and 20th centuries. Carol will be leading the September 25, 2013 departure, as well as the September 2014 departure.

Constantine N. Vaporis
May 13 - 25, 2015
Constantine N. Vaporis is a Professor of History and Founding Director of Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Though his research focuses on the Edo period, Professor Vaporis is deeply interested in the entire range of Japanese history and teaches his courses from an East Asian or comparative context. Author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Voices of the Shogun's Age: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life in Tokugawa, Japan, 1603-1868 and (pre-press) Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Tokugawa Japan, he also remains fascinated by contemporary Japan.

He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar's Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. Having received his Ph.D. from Princeton's East Asian Studies department, he began teaching at UMBC in 1989, has had visiting appointments at The Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania, and was recently appointed the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professor.

He frequently conducts workshops in Japanese history for teachers and museum docents as well as three-day courses on contemporary Japanese and Asian history for various U.S. government agencies. Vaporis first traveled to Japan in 1978, and has continued to travel there almost yearly. He has lived in a number of different cities across the country--Tokyo, Kyoto, Kochi, Hiroshima--for a total of roughly seven years.