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Japanese Language Expert Community Lecture
Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - 6:00pm
Cornell University Professor Emerita Eleanor Jorden, perhaps the best-known Japanese language educator in the world and the author of three textbooks, including Japanese: The Spoken Language, will give a community lecture, "A Forward-Looking Retrospective." The lecture is sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan and PSU's Center for Japanese Studies, with support from the Japan-America Society of Oregon.

"A comprehensive retrospective of Japanese language training in the U.S. during the past 50 years can in no way be described as a single unified continuum," says Prof. Jorden. "I see rather a field of study that has proceeded along roughly four different paths, each of which has set different goals, achievable by different methodologies and based on different assumptions. This lecture will examine those paths and where they have led us."

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327 (1825 SW Broadway).

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information call 503-725-8577 or visit

Eleanor Jorden has been decorated by the emperor of Japan with the Order of the Precious Crown. She is the recipient of the Japan Foundation Award and the Paplia Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages., and has received four honorary doctorates. In her distinguished teaching career she headed the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State and later held the Mary Donlon Alger chair in Japanese at Cornell University, where she established the intensive FALCON Japanese program. She has also taught at Williams College, the University of Hawaii, International Christian University in Tokyo and Ohio State University.