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30th Anniversary: NCC 30th Anniversary

Event Schedule

NCC's 30th Anniversary and Fourth Decade Conference is currently underway! From October to December, we are holding a series of events to celebrate our 30 years worth of achievements and to look ahead to the next decade. Please check back to see additional updates.

As a part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are also announcing a Next Decade Donation Drive for the month of December with the goal to raise $3000 in 30 days. Here is the link to donate!

You can click on each of the events below for more details. If you have feedback for us about any of these events, please complete this form.

1st event: Celebrating Past Achievements and Establishing a Path Forward
Date: October 7th Thursday (4-5 pm EST)
You can watch a recording of this event here!

2nd event: Current State of Japan Studies and Information Resources
Date: November 11th, Thursday (4-5 pm EST)
You can watch a recording of this event here!

3rd event: NCC 2.0: Envisioning the 4th Decade
Date: December 9th, Thursday (5-6 pm EST) 
Registration Link:  us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcO6hrzosHN2kewYPQb0rhBhd8FXewnLJ

30th Anniversary Reception (Save the Date!)
Date: December 16th, Thursday (4-5:30 pm EST)
To register, please click hereThe first 100 registrants will receive a $30 coupon from UberEats, courtesy of the Toshiba International Foundation. Registration ends December 10th.

1st Event

1st Event: Celebrating Past Achievements and Establishing a Path Forward

Date: October 7th Thursday (4-5 pm EST)

Schedule:

  • NCC 30th Anniversary observations and updates
  • Roundtable: Thoughts and considerations from the next generation of librarians
  • Q&A and Open Discussion 

 

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Matthew Hayes (Duke University)
  • Kana Jenkins (University of Maryland)
  • Rebecca Mendelson (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Mitsutaka Nakamura (Washington University in St. Louis)

 

About the Panelists:

Matthew Hayes is the Japanese Studies and Asian American Studies Librarian at Duke University. Prior to joining Duke, he completed his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA with a focus on early modern Japanese Buddhism. He has been a part of the librarian profession for two months.

As East Asian Studies Librarian at the University of Maryland Libraries, Kana Jenkins provides education, research, and collection support for multidisciplinary studies related to the languages, literatures, cultures, and history of China, Japan, and Korea.  As curator of Gordon W. Prange Collection, which is part of Special Collections and University Archives, Kana assists with research and course-integrated instruction focusing on the Allied Occupation of Japan.  Kana has a BA in English, MA in History, and MA in Library and Information Science (MLIS). Kana is a member of the Outreach Working Group and the Cooperative Collection Development Working Group of NCC.

Rebecca Mendelson is the Japanese Studies Librarian and Korean Studies Liaison at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. She manages and develops Penn’s Japanese and Korean studies collections while working closely with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in support of current and future research. She is particularly interested in creating cross-cultural and international networks, teaching research methods for navigating Japanese and Korean studies resources, expanding access to library resources, and promoting knowledge creation that dismantles cultural stereotypes and makes known underrepresented voices. In 2020, she earned a Ph.D. at Duke University in Religious Studies with a concentration on modern Japanese Buddhism.

Mitsutaka Nakamura has been the Japanese/Korean Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis since July 2019. He began his career as a librarian after working as a bibliographic assistant at Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library (Japanese acquisitions). Before that, he worked in various positions in financial and media companies, including NHK in Japan, as a program director and researcher. Currently, he is developing a small-sized digitization project while conducting monthly Japanese Book Club meetings on Zoom with participants around the globe.

2nd Event

2nd Event: Current State of Japan Studies and Information Resources

Date: November 11th, Thursday (4-5 pm EST)

Schedule:

  • Introduction
  • Guest speaker presentation
  • Q&A and discussion

 

Guest Speaker: Jolyon Baraka Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)

 

Jolyon Baraka Thomas is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches on religion as it relates to media, politics, and the law. He is the author of Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan (2012) and Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan (2019), which won an award for excellence from the American Academy of Religion. He is a member of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and serves on the steering committee of the Japanese Religions Unit of the American Academy of Religion. 

3rd Event

3rd Event: NCC 2.0: Envisioning the 4th Decade

Date: December 9th, Thursday (5-6 pm EST)

Registration Link: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcO6hrzosHN2kewYPQb0rhBhd8FXewnLJ

Schedule:

  • Introduction
  • Guest speaker presentation
  • Q & A
  • Remarks by NCC chair-elect

Guest Speaker: Dr. Yoshitaka Yamamoto (National Institute of Japanese Literature)

 

Yoshitaka Yamamoto is Associate Professor at the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) and at SOKENDAI, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies. Currently, he heads the Secretariat of the Global Consortium for Japanese Textual Scholarship 日本古典籍研究国際コンソーシアム. He specializes in the Sinitic literature of Edo and Meiji Japan, and is the author of Shibun to keisei: bakufu jushin no jūhasseiki 詩文と経世:幕府儒臣の十八世紀 (The University of Nagoya Press, 2021).

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