AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Distinguished Speakers Bureau

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Distinguished Speakers Bureau awards. This NEAC Distinguished Speakers Bureau grant program began in 2011 with funding generously provided by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the Korea Foundation (KF).

To view a list of speakers and their topics, and an application form, please visit the NEAC Distinguished Speakers Bureau page.

Distinguished Speakers Bureau on JAPAN Grants were Awarded to:

  1. Denis Gainty on behalf of Georgia State University, hosting Dr. Stefan Tanaka’s public presentation on “Miscellaneous Happenings In and Around the Pacific in 1884” on February 17, 2012.
  2. Doug Slaymaker on behalf of the University of Kentucky, hosting Dr. Carol Gluck’s public presentation of “Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory” on March 1, 2012.
  3. Hiroki Takeuchi & William Tsutsui on behalf of Southern Methodist University, hosting Dr. Leonard Schoppa’s public presentation on “Politics of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for Two Years” on March 5, 2012.
  4. Constantine Vaporis on behalf of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentation of "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" on March 13, 2013.
  5. Michael Sprunger on behalf of Hendrix College, hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentation of "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" on February 21, 2013.
  6. Kirsten Ziomek on behalf of Hamilton College, hosting Dr. James Huffman's public presentation on "Japan Imperialism: Unique or Typical?"" on February 21, 2013.
  7. Keramat Poorsoltan on behalf of Frostburg State University, hosting Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi's public presentation on "Exchange Opportunities with Universities in Japan" on November 9, 2012.
  8. Qin Zhang on behalf of Fairfield University, hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentation of "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" on March 19, 2013.
  9. Robin Kietlinski on behalf of LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, hosting Dr. Carol Guck's public presentation of "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" on April 10, 2013.
  10. Amy Bliss Marshall on behalf of Wellesley College, hosting Dr. Ken Ruoff's public presentation of "Japanese Tourism to Korea, Circa 1940: The Tension between Assimilation and Tourism Promotion Policies" on February 7, 2013.
  11. Daniel J. Paracka on behalf of the Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation, hosting Dr. Millie Creighton's public presentation of "Japanese Popular Culture" on January 23, 2014.
  12. Hiromi Mizuno on behalf of the University of Minnesota and Macalester College, hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentations of "Patterns of Change: Grand Unified Theory of Japanese History" at the University of Minnesota on April 11, 2014 and ""Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" at Macalester College on April 10, 2014.
  13. Tamara Ogletree on behalf of the University of West Georgia hosting Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi's public presentation of "Exploring Opportunities with Universities in Japan" on November 8, 2013.
  14. Sonja Kim on behalf of Binghamton University hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentation of "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory" at Binghamton University on February 3, 2014.
  15. Jessamyn Abel on behalf of Pennsylvania State University hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentations of "Modernity in Common: Japan and World History" and "After the Shipwreck: New Horizons in History-Writing" on March 3–4, 2014.
  16. Melinda Glover on behalf of Portland State University (Center for Japanese Studies) hosting Dr. Carol Gluck's public presentation of "Meiji and Modernity: From History to Theory" on January 30, 2014.
  17. Hideko Abe on behalf of Colby College hosting Dr. Christine Yano's public presentation of "Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific" on March 31, 2014.
  18. Steven Ericson on behalf of Dartmouth College, hosting Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi's public presentation of "Promotion of Japan Studies Programs" on September 19, 2014.
  19. Jeffrey Dym on behalf of Sacramento State University, hosting Dr. Christine Yano’s public presentations of “Cover Up: Mixed-Race Performance on the Japanese Stage” and “Pink Globalization: Japanese Cute-Cool as a Global Wink” on November 13 and 15, 2014.
  20. Sidney Xu Lu and John C. Swanson on behalf of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, hosting Dr. Sheldon Garon's public presentations of "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves" and "On the Transnational Destruction of Cities: What Japan and the U.S. Learned from the Bombing of Britain and Germany in World War II" on September 8-9, 2014.
  21. Jason Jones and Hilary K. Snow on behalf of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, hosting Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld's public presentation of "Selling Shiseido: The Aesthetics of Health and Beauty in Japanese Cosmetics Advertising" on October 15, 2014.
  22. David Rands on behalf of Austin Peay State University, hosting Dr. James Huffman's public presentation of "Bad Leaders, Dynamic Growth: Lessons from Japanese History" on October 15, 2014.
  23. Annika A. Culver on behalf of Florida State University, hosting Dr. Sheldon Garon's public presentations of "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves," and "On the Transnational Destruction of Cities: What Japan and the U.S. Learned from the Bombing of Britain and Germany in World War II" on January 29-30, 2015.
  24. Tammy M. Proctor on behalf of Utah State University, hosting Dr. James Huffman's public presentation of "Of Rickshaw Pullers and Plantation Workers: The Daily Lives of the Meiji Poor" in September 2015 (exact date to be announced).
  25. Kari Shepherdson-Scott and Arthur Mitchell on behalf of Macalester College, hosting Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld's public presentation of "Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923" on February 26, 2015.
  26. Monika Dix on behalf of Saginaw Valley State University, hosting Dr. Michael Bourdaghs' public presentations of "Theorizing "World Literature" from Japan" and "Rethinking "Postwar" Japanese Culture as "Cold War" Culture: The Case of Kurosawa Akira" on February 12-13, 2015.
  27. Pamela Runestad on behalf of Elon University, hosting Dr. Christine Yano's public presentations of "Cover Up: Mixed-Race Performance on the Japanese Stage" and "Pink Globalization: Japanese Cute-Cool as a Global Wink" on March 5-6, 2015.
  28. Melinda Glover on behalf of Portland State University (Center for Japanese Studies) hosting Dr. Sheldon Garon's public presentation of "On the Transnational Destruction of Cities: What Japan and the U.S. Learned from the Bombing of Britain and Germany in World War II" on April 16, 2015.
  29. Katherine Lee on behalf of the University of California – Davis, hosting Dr. Christine Yano's public presentations of "Diva Misora Hibari as Spectacle of Postwar Japan's Modernity" and "Pink Globalization: Japanese Cute-Cool as a Global Wink" on April 16-17, 2015.
  30. Xin Fan and Mary Beth Sievens on behalf of the State University of New York – Fredonia, hosting Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi's public presentation of "Exploring Opportunities with Universities in Japan" on September 18, 2015.
  31. Stephen D. Miller on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hosting Dr. Marcia Yonemoto’s public presentation of “What Women Wrote: Diaries, Memoirs, and Letters from the Early Modern Archives” on April 14, 2016.
  32. Peter Tillack on behalf of Montana State University, hosting Dr. Christine Yano’s public presentation of “Pink Globalization: Japanese Cute-Cool as a Global Wink” on October 5 or 6, 2016.
  33. Paul Christensen on behalf of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, hosting Dr. William Kelly’s public presentation of “Is Japan a Lost Cause or a Sustainable Model?” on October 14, 2016.
  34. Kyunghee Pyun on behalf of the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), hosting Dr. Jan Bardsley’s public presentation of “Fashioning Mr. Japan: Masculinity on the Pageant Runway” on March 14, 2017.
  35. Junko Oba on behalf of Hampshire College and the Five College Consortium, hosting Dr. Christine Yano’s public presentation of “Cover Up: Mixed-Race Performance on the Japanese Stage” as the keynote lecture for the Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate Celebration Symposium on April 9, 2017 at the Amherst College Alumni House.
  36. Kristin Vekasi on behalf of the University of Maine, hosting Dr. Christina Davis’ public presentation of “TPP, RCEP, and the WTO: Unraveling the Noodle Bowl of Trade Agreements in East Asia” on March 20 (or 21), 2017. 
  37. Constantine Vaporis on behalf of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), hosting Dr. Julia Adeney Thomas’ public presentation of “Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima” on November 15, 2017. 
  38. Yeong Kim on behalf of Ohio University, hosting Dr. William Kelly’s public presentation of “Japan, East Asia, and the Olympics” on March 1, 2018.
  39.  Tim E. Cooper III on  behalf of Siena College, Loudonville, NY, hosting Dr. Jan Bardsley’s public presentation of “Millennial Maiko: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Popular Culture” on October 17, 2017.
  40. Mark A. Nathan on behalf of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, hosting Dr. Louise Young’s public presentation of “Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Postimperial Japan” on October 25, 2017.
  41. Nan Kim and Hilary Snow on behalf of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, hosting Dr. Julia Adeney Thomas’ public presentation of “The ‘Human’ in History and Biology: Questions of Scale, Questions of Value” on April 5, 2018.
  42. Alexis Dudden on behalf of the University of Connecticut, hosting Dr. Sabine Fruhstuck’s public presentation of “A Global History of Sexuality and Sexual Violence During World War II” on November 8, 2018.
  43. Sidney Xu Lu & Lisa Fine on behalf of Michigan State University, hosting Dr. Sabine Fruhstuck’s public presentation of “… and my heart screams’: Children and the War of Emotions” on April 11, 2019.
  44. Christopher Smith on behalf of the University of Florida, hosting Dr. Sabine Fruhstuck’s public presentation of “Real Men Die Wrapped in Horsehide and Other Tales of Modern Masculinity” on March 15, 2019.
  45. Parks Coble on behalf of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, hosting Dr. Louise Young’s public presentation of “Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Postimperial Japan” on October 4, 2018.


Distinguished Speakers Bureau on KOREA Grants were Awarded to:

  1. Sharon Carstens on behalf of Portland State University, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson’s public presentations of “Korean Picture Brides” and “Korea & China relations in the 1880s” on May 21-22, 2012
  2. Steven Ramey on behalf of the University of Alabama, hosting Dr. Laurel Kendall’s public presentation of “Exorcism, Death, and the Misrepresentation of Korean Shamanism” on March 28, 2012
  3. Luc Walrain on behalf of St. Thomas University, hosting Dr. Donald L. Baker's public presentation of "Korea in Modern East Asian and World History" in September 2013.
  4. Mitch Lerner, on behalf of The Ohio State University, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentation of "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean Community in the United States, 1909-1924" and "Maritime Customs and China's Attempt to Control Korea, 1880–1894" on October 14–15, 2012.
  5. Soonja Choi on behalf of San Diego State University, hosting Dr. Donald L. Baker's public presentations of "The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Religion in Korea" and "Korea in Modern East Asian and World History" on October 1, 2012.
  6. Dean Kinzley on behalf of the University of South Carolina, hosting Dr. Donald L. Baker's public presentation of "Korea's Role in East Asian and World History" on April 8, 2013.
  7. Helen Lansdowne and Jeewon Min on behalf of The Centre for Asian-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria, B.C., hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentation of "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean Community in the United States, 1909-1924" on April 5, 2013.
  8. Tim Oakes on behalf of the University of Colorado at Boulder, hosting Dr. Millie Creighton's public presentation of "Ethnic Eroticisms, Drama Tourism, and Japanese Fandom of the Korean Wave: Challenging National, Ethnic and Gender Hierarchies through Transnational Popular Culture Flows" on November 11, 2013.
  9. Stella Xu on behalf of Roanoke College, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentation of "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean Community in the United States, 1909-1924" and "Korean Immigration to the United States, 1902-1905: A New Look at American and Japanese Policy toward Late Choson Korea" on October 2–3, 2013.
  10. Mark W. Muesse on behalf of Rhodes College, hosting Dr. Donald Baker's public presentation of "The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Religion in Korea" on November 14, 2013.
  11. Robert G. Kane on behalf of Niagara University, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentation of "Korean Immigration to the United States, 1902–1905: A New Look at American and Japanese Policy toward Choson Korea" on March 24, 2014.
  12. Marc Jason Gilbert on behalf of Hawaii Pacific University, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentations of "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean Community in the United States, 1909–1924" and "Korean Immigration to the United States, 1902–1905: A New Look at American and Japanese Policy toward Choson Korea" on March 17–18, 2014.
  13. Sun-Chul Kim on behalf of Emory University, hosting Dr. Don Baker's public presentation of "The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Religion in Korea" on October 9, 2014.
  14. Laura Elder on behalf of Saint Mary's College, hosting Dr. John Lie's public presentation of "What is the K in K-pop?" on October 30, 2014.
  15. Sung (Paul) Cha on behalf of Samford University (Birmingham, AL), hosting Dr. David Kang's public presentation of "Religion and Politics in East Asia" on October 28, 2014.
  16. Steven Heine on behalf of the Florida International University Asian Studies Program, hosting Dr. Don Baker's public presentation of "The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Religion in Korea" on February 26, 2015 and "Korea in Modern East Asian and World History" on February 27, 2015.
  17. Chong Eun Ahn on behalf of Central Washington University, hosting Dr. Don Baker's public presentation of "The Twentieth-Century Transformation of Religion in Korea" on February 10, 2015.
  18. Haejin E. Koh on behalf of Rice University, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentations of "Maritime Customs and China's Attempt to Control Korea, 1880-1894" and "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean community in the US, 1909-1924" on February 4-7, 2015.
  19. Christopher Lovins on behalf of Oberlin College, hosting Dr. Donald Baker's public presentation of "Christianity, Capitalism, and the Emergence of Democracy in South Korea" on March 19, 2015.
  20. Ilaria Scaglia on behalf of Columbus State University (GA), hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentations of "Korean Immigration to the United States, 1902-1905: A New Look at American and Japanese Policy toward Choson Korea" and "Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean community in the United States, 1909-1924" on March 16-17, 2015.
  21. Thuy Linh Nguyen on behalf of Mount Saint Mary College (NY), hosting Dr. David Kang's public presentations of "Religion and Politics in East Asia" and "The US Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia: Reassuring Friends or Allowing Competition?" on April 7-8, 2015.
  22. Keumjae Park on behalf of William Patterson University (Wayne, NJ), hosting Dr. Charles Armstrong's public presentation of "Global Korea: From 'Hermit Kingdom' to 'Korean Wave'" on April 14, 2015.
  23. Shine Choi on behalf of the University of Mississippi, hosting Dr. John Lie's public presentations of "What Is the K in K-pop?" and "East Asian Futures" over two days between March 16-April 17, 2015 (exact dates TBD).
  24. Melissa Dale on behalf of the University of San Francisco, Center for Asia Pacific Studies, hosting Dr. David Kang's public presentation of "The U.S. Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia: Reassuring Friends or Allowing Competition" on September 3, 2015.
  25. Parks Coble on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, hosting Dr. Wayne Patterson's public presentation of "Korean Immigration to the United States, 1902-1905: A New Look at American and Japanese Policy toward Choson Korea" on October 29, 2015.
  26. Cheehyung Harrison Kim and Sheena Chestnut Greitens on behalf of the University of Missouri, hosting Dr. Charles K. Armstrong’s public presentation of “North Korea and the Decomposition of the Cold War” on April 14, 2016.
  27. Suwako Watanabe on behalf of Portland State University, hosting Dr. Charles K. Armstrong’s public presentation of “Tyranny of the Weak: How North Korea Shakes the World” on May 12, 2016.
  28. Mitchell Lerner, on behalf of The Ohio State University, hosting Dr. David Kang’s public presentation of “The US Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia” in November 2016.
  29. James R. Edwards on behalf of Lewis & Clark College, hosting Dr. Nathan Hesselink’s public presentation of “Korean Drumming and Cosmology: Music Reflecting and Shaping Local Culture” on April 25, 2017.
  30. Soyoung Suh on behalf of Dartmouth college, hosting Dr. Jennifer Jihye Chun’s public presentation of “Dramatizing Precarity: The Public Cultures of Labor Protest in South Korea: on September 19, 2017.
  31. Ingu Hwang on behalf of Boston College, hosting Dr. Kyung Moon Hwang’s public presentation of “Division, Dictatorship, Development, and Democratization: Master Narratives of South Korean History” on September 22, 2017.
  32. Phil Daley on behalf of the University of California, Davis, hosting Dr. Nathan Hesselink’s public presentation of “Korean Drumming and Cosmology: Music Reflecting and Shaping Local Culture” on April 11, 2018.
  33. Eric Vanden Bussche on behalf of Sam Houston State University, hosting Dr. Suzy Kim’s public presentation of “North Korea: Beyond Fake News” on February 23, 2018.
  34. Shenglan Li on behalf of Wheaton College, hosting Dr. Suzy Kim’s public presentation of “North Korea: Beyond Fake News” on April 5, 2018.
  35. Na-Rae Kim on behalf of Kennesaw State University, hosting Dr. Suzy Kim’s public presentation of “Behind the Iron Curtain: Cold War Women in North Korea on March 8, 2018.
  36. Susan Andrews on behalf of Mount Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada) hosting Dr. Nathan Hesselink’s public presentation of “Korean Drumming and Cosmology: Music Reflecting and Shaping Local Culture” on October 3-5, 2018. 
  37. Mindy Landeck on behalf of Austin College, hosting Dr. Suk-young Kim’s public presentation of “Hallyu (Korean Cultural Wave) and the Globalization of Korean Media” in spring 2019, with exact lecture date TBD.