Sammis Lecture Series presents East Asia expert Alexis Dudden

Sammis Lecture Series presents East Asia expert Alexis Dudden

Alexis Dudden, a leading authority on the history of Korea and Japan, will deliver “East Asia’s Uneasy Future Revolves Around its Past” as part of the Sammis Lecture Series at the University of Bridgeport at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 4, at the John J. Cox Student Center.

Admission is free to the public. The John J. Cox Student Center is located at 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport.

Alexis Dudden, PhD, is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut and a former fellow at Princeton University’s Institute for International and Regional Studies whose work focuses on modern northeast Asia and history.

Widely recognized for her expertise on East Asia, she has been interviewed by major news outlets like the New York Times, the Economist, NPR and the Washington Post. She has also appeared as a guest lecturer at academic institutions and think tanks around the world, such as Chatham House in London, Waseda University in Tokyo, Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, and the Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights in Beijing. Some of her U.S. appearances include Harvard University, Queens College NYC, Columbia University Law School, and the National Geospatial Agency in Washington, D.C.

Dudden’s first book, Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power (University of Hawaii Press, 2005), examines Japanese efforts in the late 1800s to legitimize the nation’s imperial project on the world stage through the country’s takeover of Korea. Her second book, Troubled Apologies among Korea, Japan and the United States (Columbia University Press, 2008), focuses on challenges that linger from unsettled World War II issues that continue to compromise US-Japan-South Korea relations.

She is currently writing her third book, The Opening and Closing of Japan, 1850-2020, about Japan’s territorial disputes and the changing meaning of islands in international law. Dudden also has contributed chapters to numerous books on East Asia and has appeared in numerous academic journals and news outlets, including the Journal of Asian Studies, the Huffington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, VICE and the History Channel.

Some of her honors include research fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Japan Foundation, and Northeast Asia Council. In 2015, she was awarded the Manhae Peace Prize from Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s leading newspaper.

Dudden graduated magna cum laude with a BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University and earned her PhD in history from University of Chicago.

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