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The Mikado's Empire:
Rutgers and the Opening of Japan
Exhibition Opening Reception

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Image from the William E. Griffis Collection,
Special Collections and University Archives.

Featuring a talk by
Dr. Elizabeth Eder
Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland
and author of Constructing Opportunity: American Women Educators in Early Meiji Japan

Thursday, April 3, 2003
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room
Archibald S. Alexander Library
First Floor
College Avenue Campus

Following Commodore Matthew Perry's opening of Japan (1853-54), Japanese students were sent to New Brunswick to study science and technology, while Rutgers alumni were amongst those employed by the Japanese government to live and teach in the island nation. This exhibition will showcase the influential role of two notable Rutgers College alumni – Kusakabe Taro and William Elliot Griffis – in modernizing Japan's educational systems and broadening cross-cultural contacts in the late nineteenth century. This exhibition will run through the end of July 2003.

To RSVP, send email to: or call
Libraries Administration at 732/932-7505
by Tuesday, April 1, 2003.

Posted March 5, 2003