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Grant Builds Collaboration Between Asian, Environmental Programs

Earlier this year Colorado College was selected for a $50,000 exploratory grant from The Henry Luce Foundation through the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). The grant will catalyze a number of new initiatives on campus during the 2015-16 academic year, including curriculum development and student-faculty collaborative research in Asian and Environmental Studies. Associate Professor of Philosophy Marion Hourdequin and Professor of Japanese Joan Ericson were the project leads for the grant.

As part of the LIASE project, environmental historian Brett Walker will meet with students in Ericson's First Year Experience (FYE) course, Japanese Culture/ Interpreting Asian Cultures. Walker, who is an expert in the environmental history of Japan, won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 and currently is the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University for 2015-16. His research encompasses not only environmental history, but also the history of human health, the history of science, and comparative world history.

In addition to meeting with students in the FYE, Walker, the Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman, also will present a lecture, "Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World." The lecture is supported by the LIASE grant in collaboration with the Asian Studies Program, History Department, and Environmental Program.

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