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Hales Group To Discuss Visit to Japan at College of Wooster Faculty at Large Lecture

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WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Faculty at Large lecture series resumes this fall when several members of the faculty discuss their summer trip to Japan on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The presentation, titled “Selective Adaptation: Perceptions of Japanese Notions of Self and Society,” is free and open to the public, and will begin at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).


The group will cover three broad topics: (1) community and ethnic boundaries, (2) religion in everyday life, and (3) aesthetics. They will also reflect on their visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and International Christian University (Tokyo) — all looking at culture today and how past events and traditions influence today’s experience.


The presenters will discuss their observations about education in Japan, based on their school tour; religion, following visits to multiple temples and shrines; and traditional Japanese food and arts after taking a cooking class, visiting a market, partaking in a tea ceremony, and watching papermaking and calligraphy demonstrations. Other topics range from Sumo wrestling to the Hiroshima Peace Museum.


Those who made the trip were Amber Garcia (psychology), Elizabeth Schiltz (philosophy), Sarah Mirza (religious studies), Jeremy Rapport (religious studies), Heather Fitz Gibbon (Dean of Faculty and sociology), Margaret Ng (history), Diana Presciutti (art and art history), David McConnell (sociology and anthropology), Julia Gustafson (libraries), Kim Tritt (theater and dance), and Debra Shostak (English).


Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2576) or e-mail (

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