GRINNELL, Iowa - A distinguished group of experts will offer an in-depth overview of contemporary Japan at a symposium titled "The Changing Face of Japan: The Heisei Era (1989-present)" at Grinnell College from Tuesday, Feb. 10 to Thursday, Feb. 12.
The symposium, sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights at Grinnell College will feature Ambassador William Clark, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Japan, and assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He will discuss "Changing the Face of the Empire: From Showa to Heisei," at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Forum South Lounge, Grinnell College.
The Scholars' Convocation will be presented by Norma Field, Ingersoll Professor of Japanese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago. She will address "What's So Great About Realism? Two Cheers for the Realistic No-War Clause and Other Citizen Causes," at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at Grinnell College's Herrick Chapel.
Other speakers include: Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology , to discuss "Japan's Security Policy: A New Frontier?" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, Forum South Lounge; Andrew D. Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History at Harvard University, who will talk on "Layered Legacies: Imprints of War, Occupation, and Recovery," at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, Forum South Lounge; and Edward Lincoln, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, who will speak on "The Amazing Breakdown and Tortured Transformation of the Vaunted Japanese Economic System," at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Forum South Lounge.