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Paul I. Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations

New appointments for 2005-06 and 2006-07

New appointments to the Terasaki Chair were made after a national search in the Spring of 2004. We are pleased to announce that two of the leading members of the field of Japanese Studies in the United States will be with us, starting in the Fall of 2005.

In 2005-06 the Terasaki Chair will be held by Thomas Rimer from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom Rimer is widely known as a scholar of Japanese literature and the arts. He has also maintained a strong interest in the Japanese theater. His writings range from studies and translations of Mori Ogai's ouvre, to translation of Noh plays, works on acting, and more recently the visual arts, including 20th century Japanese prints and paintings. Tom is a humanist of wide ranging interests and an activist who has curated a number of important exhibitions including "Paris in Japan" (which was at UCLA's Wight Gallery in 1978). More recently he has served as chief curator for the exhibition, "Japanese Theater in the World" which was held in New York and Munich. Tom will become a member of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for the year he is with us.

The third scholar who will join us for a year in 2006-07 is Helen Hardacre from Harvard University. Helen is recognized as one of the most important scholars in the field of Japanese Religion. She has written widely on Buddhism, Shinto, and the new religions of pre-and-post World War II Japan. Given UCLA's strong field in Buddhist studies, she will be a wonderful addition for a year to work with the variety of scholars we now have in this field. She also has a strong interest in Meiji history and is particularly concerned with social basis of religion in Japanese life and the interaction between religion and the state.

We are delighted that both scholars have decided to come to UCLA in the coming years. We hope that all of those interested in Japanese studies will avail themselves of the opportunity of interacting with these fine scholars and that students, in particular, will be able to take courses with them. Please consult the Center for Japanese Studies web page at www.international.ucla.edu/japan for the courses they will teach. For those attending our Colloquium series, we plan to sponsor lectures by each of them and will notify you through our usual mailings and email distributions. We also want to thank Paul Terasaki for providing us with the funds for the chair that will bring these visitors to UCLA.

The Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations and Japanese Studies was established in 1999. In its initial cycle of appointments it brought to UCLA Sam Jameson the former head of the Tokyo bureau of the Los Angeles Times, Akimasa Mitsuta the former head of the Japan Foundation, and for the past three years Ronald Morse. Holders of the Terasaki Chair regularly give courses to UCLA undergraduates and while the emphasis is on research, holders of the Chair are also expected to participate in the Japanese Studies Program of the College and the life of Center for Japanese Studies.

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