Five College Consortium

Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS)

Upcoming Webinars

Shaping the Future Emperor through English Language Lessons: Elizabeth Vining and Crown Prince Akihito, with Cynthia Daugherty, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Apr 25, 2018 7-8pm EDT

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Librarian and author Elizabeth Gray Vining was the personal English tutor for then-Crown Prince (and now Emperor) Akihito from 1946-1950. The story of how she obtained this position, and the influence she had on Akihito, helps us to better understand the immediate post-war period in Japan.

Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming, with Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass Amherst, author

May 2, 2018 7-8pm EDT

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UMass Amherst professor Sigrid Schmalzer has turned her academic work into a STEM picture book! This story is attractive and accessible to children through elementary school. Join her as she discusses the life of Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong as told in her new book, just released in February 2018.

We are also offering a book group on this book from April 18-May 2.
Please go to for more information. You do not need to join the book group to participate in this webinar.