Oct. 20, 2005
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, participated in a roundtable discussion at the 54th Annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) held recently at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Guelcher’s paper “Mr. Smith Must Die! – Can Japanese Language Study be Made More Relevant in Today’s Evolving Curriculum?” was included in the roundtable discussion “What Can Experts from Other Disciplines Teach Japanese Language Instructors?” The paper advocated updating the Japanese language curriculum to coincide with America’s changing interests in Japan, including various aspects of Japanese culture such as anime and manga.
MCAA is a major regional academic conference devoted to the study of Asia and its sub-regions. Nearly 175 participants in all academic disciplines from around the country presented papers in 46 separate sessions.
Guelcher joined Morningside's faculty in 1996. He specializes in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture and has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong. He has served as a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo 's Institute of Oriental Culture and as a guest lecturer at the Toyama City International Center 's International Speech Academy in Japan.
Guelcher received his master's degree and his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio.