The 2013 John Howes Lecture – Watch the Full Lecture


With Guest Speaker Professor Hardacre (Harvard University)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Lecture
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall (map)
Free and open to the public – registration required

Full Lecture



In this talk Professor Hardacre will address the debate in Japan today regarding religion’s contribution to the public good and how Shinto fits into it. This debate includes proposals to tax religious organizations, court cases regarding shrines and local government, and positions taken by the Association of Shinto Shrines on constitutional revision. Professor Hardacre will also examine Shinto in the popular imagination, works of contemporary literature, and popular culture.


About the John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies:

On November 22, 2012, the Department of Asian Studies welcomed more than 140 alumni, professor emeriti, current students, faculty, and members of the community to the inaugural John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies. The lecture series was proposed and funded by past students and colleagues of Dr. Howes, an intellectual historian of Japan who contributed to our Department through teaching, research, and development for more than three decades. We are very excited to continue the lecture in 2013 and grateful to everyone who made this new lecture series possible.

The Inaugural 2012 John Howes lecture >>