April 12, 2010
Scholars from as far away as Ohio, Oklahoma and Michigan will come to Morningside College on Saturday, April 17, for a meeting of the Midwest Japan Seminar.
The Midwest Japan Seminar is an association of scholars who devote a significant portion of their effort to the study of Japan. The organization meets five times a year at various host institutions throughout the Midwest.
In addition to the upcoming meeting, Morningside College also hosted a meeting of the Midwest Japan Seminar in 2005. It is easily the smallest campus to have hosted a meeting in the last several years, said Greg Guelcher, an associate professor of history at Morningside who specializes in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture.
“Hosting such a specialized academic conference, needless to say, brings heightened attention to our campus,” Guelcher said. “By bringing dozens of Japan specialists on campus, we can enhance our institution’s image as a center of learning and global studies. It also offers us a chance to better expose Morningside students to cutting-edge research in the field.”
Presenters at Morningside will be Terry Jackson, a member of the history faculty at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., and Yuki Miyamoto, a member of the religion faculty at DePaul University in Chicago.