Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, has recently been conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Japanese government. One of the oldest and highest national decorations, this award recognizes Professor Hardacre’s extensive contributions to the development of Japanese studies in the U.S. and the promotion of understanding toward Japanese society and culture.
This year's Senior Thesis Colloquium was a great success. Undergraduate students presented their research and preliminary conclusions on a broad spectrum of topics. They used varied methods to approach research questions surrounding gender, politics, labor rights, international relations, and literature.The colloquium was well attended by students and faculty alike, and each presentation produced a spirited back and forth about the intricacies and implications of the theses.