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Japanese honor Washburn

Published May 17, 2004; Category: ARTS & SCIENCES

Award recognizes contributions to cultural exchange
Dennis Washburn
Dennis Washburn receives the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation from Masua Nishibayashi, Consul General of Japan, on May 21 at Dartmouth. (Photo by Joe Mehling '69)

Two events - the first a public lecture and the other a private award ceremony honoring Dartmouth Professor Dennis Washburn - will take place on Friday, May 21, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity signed by the United States and Japan in 1854. The events are two of several dozen commemorations taking place over the course of the anniversary year in both the United States and Japan.

Masua Nishibayashi, the Consul General of Japan, will speak on "150 Years of the U.S.-Japan Relationship" in a public lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, in L01 Carson. Nishibayashi will also take questions from the audience.

Following the lecture, Washburn, Professor and Chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature, will receive the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation in a private ceremony. The award was recently created by the government of Japan to honor individuals and institutions who have made significant contributions to cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. 

In a press release, the Japanese Consulate praised Washburn's writings about Japanese literature and films, as well as his translations of Japanese works. He also was cited for his work as the first American director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College.

By TAMARA STEINERT

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