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Carol Gluck, the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, will speak on “Past Obsessions: War and Memory in the 20th Century” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the auditorium of Lafayette College’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

The talk is Lafayette’s 2000 Richard E. Welch Jr. Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Department of History. It is free and open to the public.

“Past Obsessions: War and Memory in the 20th Century” is the subject of Gluck’s newest book. She is an expert in the history of modern Japan, American-East Asian relations, and history and memory.

Her book Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, published by Princeton University Press in 1985, won the American Historical Association’s John King Fairbank Prize in East Asian History and Columbia University’s Lionel Trilling Book Award.

She is co-editor of Showa: The Japan of Hirohito, published by W.W. Norton in 1992, and Asia in Western and World History, published by M.E. Sharpe in 1997.

Gluck has taught in the departments of history and East Asian languages and cultures at Columbia since 1974 and has held the Sansom Professorship since 1988. She was honored by Columbia students with the Mark Van Doren Award for excellence in teaching and won the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. Gluck holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Japanese history from Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wellesley College.

She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and the University of Tokyo.

Gluck has been president of the Association for Asian Studies and a council member of the American Historical Association. She is a member of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Japan Society. She is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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