Ryoanji Temple

About East Asian Studies

The Program in East Asian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis provides the means to study China, Taiwan, the Koreas, and Japan, separately and transnationally, in the present and in the past. Our specialists on East Asia, based in their departmental homes of Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Film and Media Studies, History, International & Area Studies, the Performing Arts Department, and the Sam Fox School of Architecture, come together in EAS to provide their insights on a place of common interest.
November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm

What the World Owes the Comfort Women

Carol Gluck, Columbia University
Women's Building Formal Lounge

The practices and norms of public memory have changed in the seventy years since the end of World War II creating what Professor Gluck calls a “global memory culture.”  Changes in the law, the role of witnesses, the realm of rights, the politics of apology, and concepts of responsibility have transformed our understanding of doing justice to the past.   And in each instance the former comfort women have played a role in that transformation, helping to change attitudes toward sexual violence and women’s rights -- helping, in short, to change the world.

Special Exhibition
Saint Louis Art Museum 
Elanah Uretsky, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Anthropology, and International Affairs at George Washington University
Duncker 101 @ 11:30 am
Indra Levy, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Duncker 101 @ 4:00 pm
Carol Gluck, Columbia University
Women's Building Formal Lounge @ 4:00 pm
Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University
Saint Louis Art Museum auditorium @ 7:00 pm