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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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