The Storer Lectures
The origin of Asian Studies at Kenyon owes much to the generosity of James P. Storer, a trustee and alumnus of the College. In 1991, Storer endowed both a chair in Asian history and a lectureships program in Asian Studies. Since then, a number of distinguished visitors have come to Kenyon as Storer Lecturers. These include (with some of their books):
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and their Revolution (1981); The Memory Palace of Mateo Ricci (1984); The Search for Modern China (1990)
Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook (1975); Women, Androgynes and Other Mythical Beasts (1980); Other People's Myths: The Cave of Echoes (1988)
The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa (1983); Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (1988); Ozu's Tokyo Story (1997)
Maxine Hong Kingston
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976); China Men (1980); Tripmaster Monkey: This Fake Book (1989)
James C. Scott
The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia (1976); Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (1985); Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (1990)
The Karma of Words: Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan (1983); Buddhism: A Cultural Perspective (1988); Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan (1992)
Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China: A Social History of Writing about Rites (1991); The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (1993); The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (1996)
The Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks
Land and Caste in South India: Agricultural Labour in the Madras Presidency during the Nineteenth Century (1965); The Cambridge Economic History of India (ed. v. 2, 1983); Colonialism, Property, and the State (1998)
A Study of Svantantrika (1987); Elaboration on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra (1996); Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West (1998)
Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband, 1860-1900 (1982); Moral Conduct and Authority: The Place of Adab in South Asian Islam (ed. 1984); Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe (ed. 1996)
Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China (1980); Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor (1993); Casting a Chinese "Democracy" Movement: The Roles of Studetns, Workers, and Entrepreneurs (1994); Contentious Chinese (1999).
CNN Beijing bureau chief; former Time Beijing bureau chief; co-author of Massacre at Beijing.
An "Uvaysi" Sufi in Timurid Mawarannahr: Notes on Hagiography and the Taxonomy of Santitiy in the Religious History of Central Asia (1993); Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde: Baba Tukles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition (1994).
Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment (2001).
Jerusalem Moonlight: An American Zen Teacher Walks The Path Of His Ancestors (1995); Opening To You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms (2002); Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up (2003).
Clowns in the (Asian Puppet) Theater
The Origins of the Korean War (1981); War and Television (1992); Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (1997); Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations (2002); North Korea: Another Country (2003).
Notes from the City of Sun (1983); The August Sleepwalker (1990); 1991 Old Snow (1991); Forms of Distance (1994); Landscape over Zero (1996); Nightwatch (1999); Unlock (2000); Blue House (2000); At the Sky's Edge (2001); Midnight's Gate (2003).
Documentary filmmaker; To the Land of Bliss (2002).
Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism
Chu?Niblack Associate Professor of Art History and Curator of the Chu?Griffis Asian Art Collection, Connecticut College; Art, Religion, and Politics in Medieval China: The Dunhuang Cave of the Zhai Family (2004)
Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights & Journalism, Bard College; Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes (1985); The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1994); The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (2000); Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing (2001); Inventing Japan, 1853 1964 (2003); Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (2003); Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006)
John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology, Case-Western University; A History of Modern Tibet, 1913 1951 (1989); Nomads of Western Tibet (1990); The Changing World of Mongolia's Nomads (1994); The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama (1997); Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet (1998).
Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor of Religion, Duke University; Defenders of God : the Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age (1989); Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence (1998); New Faiths, Old Fears : Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2002); The Qur'an: A Biography (2006).
Tenzin Legtsok (Brian Beffa, Kenyon '95)
Sera Jey Monastic University
Professor of Jewish Studies and Director, Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies, Nanjing University (China); The Jews of Kaifeng, China
Chieko and Kuniyasu Iwazaki, Michael Chikuzen Gould
Traditional Japanese musicians