Friday, November 02, 2007

Lecture November 5: Samurai Legends

Lecture--Legends of the Last Samurai: Apocryphal Suicides and Invented Traditions 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Thaw Hall, Room 11
Audience: Open to all members of the Pitt community
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Program, Japan Iron and Steel Federation Mitsubishi Endowments, the Japan Council, Department of History

A lecture by Mark Ravina, Associate Professor of Japanese History, Emory University. On September 24, 1877, Saigo Takamori, the Japanese rebel and revolutionary, committed ritual samurai suicide on the hills of Shiroyama" or so it is said. Dr. Ravina will be discussing accounts of Saigo's suicide, linking his story to the rise of modern Japanese nationalism via popular culture, legends, and historiography.
For more information, contact Dr. Martha Chaiklin -

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