2011-12 Lecture Series
Dr. Michael Bathgate
Michael Robert Bathgate is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the Pennsylvania State University (1989), and his M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (2001) in History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He specializes in Japanese religion, but teaches courses in a wide range of subjects, from surveys of the Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic traditions to seminars on the theory and method of comparative religious studies. His published work includes The Fox’s Craft in Japanese Religion and Folklore: Shapeshifters, Transformations and Duplicities (Routledge Press, 2004), “Stranger in the Distance: Pilgrims, Marvels and the Mapping of the Medieval (Japanese) World,” (Essays in Medieval Studies, 2008), and “Reading the Writing on the Wall: Visualizing One University’s Mercy Mission in a Cosmopolitan World,” The Journal of the Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology (2010)
Dr. Lane Earns
Lane R. Earns is a Professor of History and Provost & Vice Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He received his B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University (1973), and his M.A. in Asian Studies (1977) and Ph.D. in History (1987) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has taught at Kwassui Women’s Junior College and Nagasaki Junior College of Foreign Languages. He has a number of publications on Nagasaki including Nagasaki kyoryuchi no seiyojin [Westerners of the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement] published by Nagasaki Bunkensha in 2002. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript titled Beyond Butterfly and the Bomb: Faded American Images in Nagasaki between Occupations.
Nagasaki Kyoryuchi no seiyojin [Westerners of the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement]
Dr. Louis Perez
Louis G. Perez is a Professor in the History Department at Illinois State University. He received his B.A. (1973) and M.A. (1975) in History from California State University, Long Beach. His Ph.D. (1986) is from the History Department at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He has taught in Japan and at Mott Community College, and was named the Distinguished University Teacher at Illinois State University in 2000. His publications encompass both specialized work such as Japan Comes of Age: Mutsu Munemitsu and the Revision of the Unequal Treaties (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999) and textbook titled The History of Japan (Greenwood Press, 2008). He is currently the editor of Japan at War: An Encyclopedia.
Dr. Yuki Miyamoto
Yuki Miyamoto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. She received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe, Japan. Her M.A. in Religious Studies (1997) and Ph.D. in Religious Ethics (2003) are from the Divinity School, University of Chicago. She has a lengthy record in publication and presentation on the impact and interpretation of the atomic bomb. Her most recent publication is Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Remembering, Religious Interpretations, and Responsibility in Atomic Bomb Experiences published by Fordham University Press in 2011.