Lecture: "What the World Owes the Comfort Women"

Carol Gluck (Columbia University)
November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
Women's Building Formal Lounge

Carol Gluck will deliver a public lecture entitled "What the World Owes the Comfort Women" at 4 PM in the Women's Building Formal Lounge. 

She describes the lecture in this way:

"The practices and norms of public memory have changed in the seventy years since the end of World War II creating what I call a 'global memory culture.'  Changes in the law, the role of witnesses, the realm of rights, the politics of apology, and concepts of responsibility have transformed our understanding of doing justice to the past.   And in each instance the former comfort women have played a role in that transformation, helping to change attitudes toward sexual violence and women’s rights -- helping, in short, to change the world."

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University.  Sge has been especially influential in the fields of Japanese history, Asian American and East Asian studies, and memory studies, and her published work includes Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period (1985); Showa: The Japan of Hirohito (1992); Asia in Western and World History (1997); Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (2009); Thinking with the Past: Japan and Modern History (2013); and Past Obsessions: World War Two in History and Memory (forthcoming).

Her visit to Washington University is co-sponsored East Asian Studies Program and the Center for Humanities "Violence and Memory" seminar.

A flier for the event can be found here.