- Lecturer: James L. Huffman (H. Orth Hirt Professor History Emeritus, Wittenberg University)
- Date: Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
- Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
- Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
- Admission: 1,000 yen (students: 500 yen, IHJ members: free)
- Seating: 100 (reservations required)
Professor Huffman will discuss the lessons he learned while studying these people: the things they taught about human survival, the light they shed on capitalism, the insights they provided into class relationships—and what they have to tell us about how Japanese attitudes toward poverty have changed across the last century. He also will reflect on questions the hinmin experience raised for him about the broader nature of history, questions such as why vast segments of people are omitted from standard histories and how that omission distorts our view of the past.
H. Orth Hirt Professor History Emeritus at Wittenberg University in Ohio. A former reporter, Prof. Huffman has studied Japanese history for half a century. While his early work focused on the newspaper press, he has spent the last decade attempting to understand the Meiji era’s urban poor. He has published eight books, including Creating a Public: People and Press in Meiji Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 1997), Japan in World History (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2018). He was a visiting scholar three times at the University of Tokyo and more recently has taught at Dartmouth College and Williams College. In 2017 he received the Association for Asian Studies Distinguished Contributions Award.