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Author Norma Field will deliver the next presentation in the Old Dominion University President's Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building Auditorium.

Field's presentation, titled "Japanese Women's Pursuit of Global Justice," will be at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A student of modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, Field has written about everything from Japanese novels to the moral and legal questions of crimes against women in World War II, and from the use of Japanese nationalist symbols to the integration of Koreans into Japanese society. She is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago.

For more information, call 683-3114.

The lecture is part of the two-day ODU Japan Forum, a symposium on education and culture in the United States and Japan, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7. It will be the first in a series of annual forums featuring different countries, according to President Roseann Runte.

A concert of traditional Japanese music featuring an ensemble of ancient Japanese kotos -- 13-string harps that originated in the sixth century -- will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Norfolk's Chrysler Hall.

The concert, which headlines the university's Japan Forum Nov. 6-7, features renowned koto player Kyoko Okamoto of the University of Maryland, the Toho Koto Society of Washington, D.C., and the Shakuhachi Flute Ensemble. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Streamed audio of the Toho Koto Society is available at www.kotosociety.org. For tickets or more information call Ticketmaster at 671-8100 or the Virginia Arts Festival at 282-2800.

Faculty members from Japan -- renowned in their fields of education, economics, engineering and the humanities -- will be guests of ODU during the forum, which will highlight the importance of cooperation between the two nations and examine the relationships between educational institutions and common social and economic problems.

Japan Forum participants will be greeted by President Runte and tour the campus Thursday, Nov. 6. Later that night,

A cross-cultural presentation on comparative literature, featuring Yoshihiro Ohsawa and Katsuya Sugawara, both of the University of Tokyo, will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

A simultaneous session featuring Toshiharu Nomoto, of the environmental and ocean engineering department at the University of Tokyo, will be in the Cape Charles Room of Webb University Center.

Itaru Shimazu, a professor of law and economics at Chiba University, will address the Economics Club of Hampton Roads at noon Friday in the multipurpose room of The Ted Constant Convocation Center. He will address the changing political conservatism of Japan and evolving issues in U.S.-Japan relations. Shimazu serves in the key post in Japan Association for Legal Philosophy and Public Policy Studies Association of Japan. He was also a Visiting Scholar of Hoover Institute. Tickets are $25 for members of the ODU community; $35 for others. For reservations or for more information, call 683-4058.

"The Japanese Contribution to World Buddhism," a presentation by ODU associate professor of philosophy David Putney, and "History and Memory in Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations" by Qiu Jin, ODU associate professor of history, will be at 1:45 p.m. in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

Kyoko Inagaki, of the Graduate School of Education of Kyoto University, will deliver a keynote address from 3-4:45 p.m. in room 1005 of Constant Hall. A panel discussion on challenging issues facing Japanese educators will follow.

All events on the ODU campus, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. For more information about the forum call 683-5759.

This article was posted on: October 27, 2003

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