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Toby to deliver Jansen Lectures, Feb. 15-16

Ronald Toby, professor of history and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, will deliver the first Marius Jansen Memorial Lectures Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, in 202 Jones Hall.

He will discuss "The Originality of the 'Copy': Mimesis and Subversion in 'Koreans in Perspective'" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. His topic for 7:30 p.m. Thursday will be "The Birth of the Hairy Barbarian."

Toby specializes in premodern and early-modern Japan; early-modern popular culture; 17th- to 19th-century Japanese foreign relations; and intraregional relations in premodern Asia. In his first lecture, he will discuss new ways of understanding the politics of representation, and the nature of originality and authenticity. His second lecture will focus on the real meaning behind a Japanese pejorative -- research inspired by a query several years ago from Marius Jansen, a world-renowned scholar and professor emeritus of Japanese history at Princeton who died in 2000.

Donations from family and friends and funding from the East Asian Studies Program have enabled the creation of the lecture series. The program also has established a lecture series in memory of Jansen's colleague Frederick Mote, a leading scholar of Chinese history and culture and professor emeritus of East Asian studies who died in 2005. The first Mote Lecture will be delivered later in the spring.

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