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Using Technology to Advance the Humanities Agenda

Colloquium with Shigeru Miyagawa, Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

Monday, November 17, 2003
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faculty Center Hacienda Room
Los Angeles, CA 

From <http://web.mit.edu/miyagawa/www>:

Technology is not usually thought to be relevant to the humanities.  At MIT we have been experimenting with application of technology to a variety of humanistic endeavors.  In Japanese studies we have one of the most ambitious series of award-winning technology-based projects:

LANGUAGE:  JP NET  (http://web.mit.edu/jpnet)
A 20,000 web-page site for Japanese language and culture

CULTURE:  StarFestival  (http://starfestival.com)
A multi-linear autobiographical narrative about cultural identity in a diverse society.  It stars Mr. George Takei, "Mr. Sulu" of the original Star Trek TV series, and the program has been adopted system-wide by Boston Public.

HISTORY:  Visualizing Cultures  (http://ocw.mit.edu) --> see History
How does one understand history from visual images? This project is a collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize winner John W. Dower, and also with MIT's OpenCourseWare.  An exhibit created out of this project, "Black Ships and Samurai," is being installed at the L.A. Convention Center, November 15-16, as part of Japan Expo.

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Cost: Free

For more information please contact

Mariko Bird
Tel: 310-825-8681
bird@international.ucla.edu
www.international.ucla.edu/japan/

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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