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Professor Emerita Mary Elizabeth Berry Receives Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association

October 8, 2019

In 1984 the American Historical Association (AHA) Council established the American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction to honor senior historians and their lifetime achievements in the United States. We are pleased to announce that Professor Emerita Mary Elizabeth Berry has been selected as a winner for the 2019 prize. 

JASC 2020 - Applications Now Open!

October 1, 2019
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The Center for Japanese Studies grants full scholarships to the Japan-American Student Conference for Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are open to any full-time student with an interest in Japan.

New book by Professor Grace Lavery

September 24, 2019

Quaint, Exquisite Book CoverFrom the opening of trade with Britain in the 1850s, Japan occupied a unique and contradictory place in the Victorian imagination, regarded as both a rival empire and a cradle of exquisite beauty. Quaint, Exquisite explores the enduring impact of this dramatic encounter, showing how the rise of Japan led