John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies

John Howes was a founding member of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, which he joined in 1961 after earning his doctorate from Columbia University. During his 30 years of active teaching and research, Professor Howes was at the forefront of Canada-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people relations and inspired countless young Canadians to dedicate their careers and lives to the Canada-Japan relationship in one way or another. In 2012, a number of UBC faculty, staff, and Professor Howes’ devoted former students came together to launch an endowment in his honour. The fund supports the John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies, an annual public lecture for prominent scholars from around the world to speak to the university community and alumni on topics in Japanese Studies with a focus on Humanities. Dr. Howes passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2017, at the age of 92.

Guest speaker Dr. Peter Kornicki (Emeritus Professor of Japanese at Cambridge University) at the 2017/2018 John Howes Lecture.

Upcoming Events

2019/2020  John Howes Lecture – What Aborigines Sang: Aynu, Yukar and Some Problems in Japan Studies

With Professor James E. Ketelaar (University of Chicago)

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Past Events

2018/2019  John Howes Lecture – The Social and Political Lives of Japanese Cherry Blossoms

With Dr. Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (University of Wisconsin)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

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 2017/2018 – Stolen Secrets: Intercepting Dispatches between Wartime Berlin and Japan

With Dr. Peter Kornicki, Emeritus Professor of Japanese at Cambridge University

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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2016/2017 – Postwar Tokyo: Capital of a Ruined Empire

With Dr. Seiji M. Lippit, faculty member at University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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2015/2016 – Five Long, Short Years: Our World, Our Fukushima

With Dr. Norma Field, Professor of Japanese Studies Emerita at the University of Chicago

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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2014/2015 – Translation, Transmission, and Experiential Learning: Exploring Traditional Japanese Poetry

With Dr. Laurel Rodd, Professor of Japanese at the University of Colorado

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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2013/2014 – Shinto in Contemporary Japanese Politics, Society, and Culture

With Dr. Helen Hardacre, Professor of Japanese Religions and Society at Harvard University

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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2012/2013 – Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts

With Dr. Haruo Shirane, Shinchō Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University

November, 22nd, 2012

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