News & Events
Professor Shoko Hamano brings the AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee Seminar to GW
Professor Shoko Hamano recently led the AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee Seminar at GW. Participants learned about the AP Japanese language and culture program and its support resources, and participated in instruction-designing activities led by Yo Azama, ACTFL’s 2012 National Language Teacher of the Year.
The keynote lecture was delivered by Professor Emeritus Seiichi Makino of Princeton University.
Professor Liana Chen is a winner of a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Liana Chen, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, has been awarded a year-long research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She will spend her sabbatical year (2013-14) working on her monograph, "Staging the Empire: A History of Qing Court Theatre, 1662-1924."
The official award letter notes that "American Council of Learned Societies and Henry Luce Foundation research fellowships seek to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the U.S. through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers," and congratulates Prof. Chen for being "selected from a very strong pool of applicants."
Expressing her gratitude to various colleagues and units, Dr. Chen said, "Needless to say, I am very grateful to your support and guidance over the past three years. The award of the Columbian College Facilitating Fund (CCFF) in 2012 has been absolutely instrumental and really boosted my chance of getting the ACLS fellowship. My ACLS project grew out of my earlier project supported by CCFF."
Japanese Students Dance With Dancers From Japan
On March 27, 2012, as part of the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival, a group of GW students studying Japanese participated in a workshop on a dance tradition called Daidengaku. Daidengaku literally means “great rice field rejoicing” and originates in the folk dances traditionally performed throughout rural Japan. The workshop was led by Mr. Manzo Nomura, who, as a Kyōgen master, was honored by the Japanese government as a bearer of an "Important Intangible Cultural Heritage." On the following day the students danced with dancers from Japan in a public performance at Hand Chapel on Mt. Vernon Campus. Mr. Nomura and renowned actress Keiko Matsuzaka joined the dancers. For more information and a lively video, see Channel 9's news report.
19th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities is on Korean Theatre
The 19th Hahn Moo-Sook (HMS) Colloquium celebrated the beauty of Korean performance traditions. Distinguished scholars and directors discussed performances in South Korea, North Korea and in the Korean Diaspora, and the internationalization of Korean theatre. The highlight of this year's event was the visit of Master OhTae Suk from Seoul, and on the eve of the Colloquium, the screening of his award-winning production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (recipient of a Herald Angel’s Award at the 2011 Edinburgh International Arts Festival), to be followed by a Q&A session.