At The Table With New York Times Food Writer Eric Kim (Nov. 4, 2021)

Eric Kim

Foodies at Baruch won’t want to miss this event! 

Join us for a delicious and in-person writing workshop with this semester’s Harman Fellow, food writer Eric Kim. Kim is currently a staff writer for the New York Times and regularly has recipes featured in NYT Cooking. Many of these recipes call upon his Korean-American background, and the fusion between both cultures. Oftentimes they feature backstories, sometimes historical, sometimes personal, but always written in a style that is wonderfully unreserved and engaging.

Kim has also worked as a contributing editor at Saveur, a digital manager at Food Network, a teacher of writing and literature at Columbia and as a senior editor at Food52.
While working at Food52, he won over readers with his column “Table For One”, a series of pieces all focused on the joy and catharsis of dining alone. His writing has been featured in The Washington Post and Bon Appétit, and his debut cookbook, Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home is scheduled for release in March 2022. Kim is our first Harman Fellow food writer.

Click here for a taste of his work.
Reserve your spot ASAP! Email
*Seating limited at 20*

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Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel (Nov.11, 2021)

Licentious Fictions

11 November 2021, Virtual Event, Columbia University

Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel

Please join us next month and welcome Professor Daniel Poch of the University of Hong Kong. The starting time on Zoom will be 7:00 PM EST.

Professor Daniel Poch
Associate Professor, Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel
Thursday, 11 November, at 7:00 PM EST
followed by a roundtable discussion with Wei Shang (Columbia), Peter Flueckiger (Pomona), and Tomi Suzuki (Columbia), moderated by Haruo Shirane (Columbia)
Pre-register by clicking here to receive Zoom link.
A copy of the book may be purchased here. Use discount coupon code: CUP20

Why did Natsume Sōseki, today canonized as one of Japan’s most important novelists, start writing novels in the early twentieth century despite his suspicion, if not dislike, of the genre? The talk explores the clash between premodern and modern conceptions of “literature” within Sōseki’s novels, asking what consequences the intersection of the modern novel with older, didactic conceptions of literature held for his representation of love, desire, and emotion. It also contextualizes the contradictions inherent in Sōseki’s literary project within the broader contentions surrounding “human emotion” (ninjō) in the nineteenth-century Japanese novel, across the early modern-modern divide—the subject of my recently published book Licentious Fictions (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Daniel Poch is an Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong, specializing in early modern and modern Japanese literature. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2014. His first book, Licentious Fictions: Ninjō and the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel, was published by Columbia University Press in 2020. Other recent peer-reviewed publications include the article “Reclaiming Ethics Through Love: ‘Literature’ in Natsume Sōseki’s Novel Sorekara (Japan Forum 2020), as well as articles on Sōseki’s literary theory and early Meiji translation published in such journals as Monumenta Nipponica and Japanese Language and Literature.

Free and open to the public.

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Boston Career Forum ONLINE 2021 Info Session (Oct. 19, 2021)

Boston Career Forum ONLINE 2021 Info Session
The world’s largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals is currently being held online.
CFN staff will hold an online info session designed to provide participants useful information regarding the event and how you can prepare for a successful experience.

Date: Oct. 19 (Tues.)
Time: 3-4PM (ET)
Register here: Zoom Registration

Boston Career Forum ONLINE 2021: Career Forum Information

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8th Annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research at Baruch College (Sept. 27-29, 2021)


8th Annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) at Baruch College

Baruch students will join undergraduates from around the world in presenting their own original research on panels throughout the day at the 8th Annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR), Sept. 27-29.

See here for full schedule of panels that include Baruch participants. 

This conference is free and open to the public to attend through the ICUR App, which features the full schedule of panels taking place at 15 universities in 12 countries on 5 continents, all coordinated by Monash University in Australia and the University of Warwick in the UK. (Register on the ICUR app here or through the website.)  The app allows participation in question and answer sessions.

Baruch’s 28 participants come from all three Baruch schools and many different fields. They’ll be on panels linked in real time with undergraduates at universities in England, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, and France, all presenting their own research. WSAS History Professor Katherine Pence is coordinating Baruch’s participation in the conference, which is supported by Baruch’s Office of the Provost.

Follow the conference at #icur2021 and @icurstudents.  For more information see or email

Monday, Sept. 27-Wednesday, Sept. 29,
Location: Zoom via the ICUR App

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Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival Streaming 3 Japanese SciFi Films (Sep.21, 2021)

Japanese SciFi



Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival in association with Jimbocho Movie Festival presents three Japanese SciFi short films.  Filmmaker interviews to be announced.  Special thanks to Hiroshi Kono of the New York Japan CineFest for curating the evening. Go to to begin viewing films.

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JET Program Information Session (Sep., 23rd, 2021)

@Baruch College via ZOOM
Date: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
Time: 12:40PM – 2:00PM
Meeting ID 841 5501 4753





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What Can You Do with a Degree in Japanese Studies?

To major Japanese, there is an option offered through the CUNY B.A. Program. See more information:

Also, you might want to check out this “Japan Studies at CUNY” website. There are many Japan-related courses across CUNY campuses:

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Deadlines for 2021 Joint-Scholarships are Fast Approaching!

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2021 Critical Language Scholarship Program

2021 Critical Language Scholarship Program

Dear Colleagues, 

The application for the summer 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will close in just four weeks on Tuesday, November 17 at 8:00pm Eastern. We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available online at:

The CLS Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages including . The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural to both stud

enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

We have hosted a number of information sessions this fall, including sessions specific to our 15 separate language programs and a session for beginners who may not know where to begin when selecting a language for their application. Recordings of these webinars are available here: 

We have a limited number of upcoming live information sessions that are open

ents and advisors:

Email templates are available on our web site to assist you in reaching out to your students:

We count on university faculty and advisors to encourage all students who may benefit from learning a critical language to apply for the CLS Program! Our Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu programs are open to absolute beginners with no previous language experience; we hope you can help us to communicate the value of learning a less-commonly taught language with your students.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

We appreciate your consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contact Info:

Syejeong Kim

Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program

American Councils for International Education

1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200

Washington, D.C. 20036

T: 202.833.7522

F: 202.572.9182

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Through a Glass Darkly: Identity Crises in Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Through a Glass Darkly: Identity Crises in Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Time & Location

October 20, 8pm EDT
Online (RSVP here)


The Japan Foundation, New York launched a monthly online series delving into Japanese pop culture from academic and professional perspectives.

For our second session, we will analyze two of the most iconic animes: Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion, both of which have been producing new works since their release 25 years ago.

These works are two massive monuments in the anime canon, both emerging as cyberpunk epics in the mid-1990s, each addressing issues of identity and the potential for technological interventions. However, they both manage to do so in different ways and with differently composed subjects. This discussion will address both the interesting similarities, but more compellingly, the particular differences with which Oshii and Anno understood this cyberpunk discourse. Two experts—Dr. Susan Napier and Dr. Stevie Suan—will help us to unravel these complex and fascinating anime works.

Dr. Frenchy Lunning will moderate the discussion.

It will be followed by a live Q&A session. If you have any questions about the two titles, please feel free to ask about it on the Eventbrite page when you register. Live commentary will also be enabled on the YouTube stream, so you can participate in the live Q&A.

RSVP here.

This is a free event. Registrants will receive the link to the stream via email. The date and time of the event are Eastern Time. Please check your local time zone.

To view the first session, “Roundtable: Why Do We Study Anime and Manga?”click here.



Dr. Susan Napier

Susan Napier is the Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University. She teaches courses on Japanese culture, including a seminar on Miyazaki, and also on comparative film and literature, including a course on “The Cinema of Apocalypse” and one on “Fantasy in World Culture.”

Dr. Napier has written five books. Her first two books were on Japanese literature. In the early 1990’s she became interested in comics and animation in general and in Japanese manga and animation in particular and has published two books on Japanese animation and numerous articles and book chapters. She is now considered one of the leading authorities on Japanese animation in the world and in 2018 published Miyazakiworld (Yale University Press), a study of the great Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The book came out in paperback and is being translated into eight languages.

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Dr. Stevie Suan

Stevie Suan is an Assistant Professor at Hosei University in the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. He holds a doctorate in Manga Studies from the Graduate School of Manga Studies at Kyoto Seika University and received his MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa. His main area of expertise is in anime aesthetics through which he explores various modes of existence. In his recent research, he uses performance/performativity theory and media theory to approach issues of area studies (Japan studies and Asian studies), using anime as a prime example of the shifting currents of cultural production and consumption in our moment of globalization.

Dr. Suan is on the Steering Committee for the Mechademia Asia Conference, held every 2 years at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. He is also an associate editor for the Mechademia: Second Arc journal, as well as on the editorial board of the journal for the Japan Society of Animation Studies.

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Dr. Frenchy Lunning

Frenchy Lunning has written two books—Subcultural Fashion: Fetish Style (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Cosplay: The Masque of Fandom (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)—and is working on a third, Revolutionary Girl: Shōjo. She has also written various essays in anthologies and journals. The director of the academic conferences SGMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures in both the US and in Asia, she was also the editor-in-chief of Mechademia, a completed ten-volume book series published by the University of Minnesota Press, and is now co-editor-in-chief of the new Mechademia: Second Arc journal, the first issue in spring of 2019.

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