August 3, 2006
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, will give a presentation entitled “America’s Iraq War and the Future of the Middle East” to the Toyama Cosmopolitan Association of Toyama, Japan, on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
The Toyama Cosmopolitan Association, whose membership is comprised primarily of Japanese teachers of English at the high school and university levels, seeks to promote international exchange and cooperation activities with the help of volunteers. Toyama, with a estimated population over 420,000, is the capital city of Toyama Prefecture, Japan.
While in Japan, Guelcher will also participate as a guest instructor in a four-day English translator course for Japanese high school students in Toyama from Aug. 7 to 10 and will lead the Toyama International Center’s monthly English discussion group, English Chat, on Aug. 16.
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 was one of three recipients to be awarded the 2003 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, based on teaching excellence, effective advising, and extraordinary service to Morningside College in support of the institution’s strategic plan and scholarship.
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.