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Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 18:15 - 20:30

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         Janine Beichman     With Dr.Donald Keene in 2017, taken by Nobuyuki Suzuki (Tokyo Shimbun)   

The Library committee's January Book Break will commemorate the first death anniversary of Dr. Donald Keene, the esteemed scholar who is beloved in Japan and admired internationally for his contribution to expanding the world of literature.

Dr. Keene has been a frequent guest and speaker in the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan since its inception in 1945. His observations and lectures remain a key aspect of the FCCJ's respected list of past speakers especially among those who represented the remarkable post World War II recovery of Japan.



[From the speaker]


Many people, probably hundreds, could use the title above, but each would have a different story to tell, for the many friends of Donald Keene, the great scholar and translator of Japanese literature who died in February 2019 at the venerable age of 96, belonged to many different worlds, ranging from the academic world to the creative arts, and even to the imperial family of Japan. I want to evoke the richness of Donald Keene's mind and his life by telling the story of my own friendship with him, a friendship which I think was typical of him. This will, I think, give readers a deeper sense of his work and a greater appreciation of his books.


I was first Keene's student and then, like many of his students, became a friend. How and why did our paths intersect? What was Donald Keene like as a teacher? What was he like as a friend, especially in his last years? And what can stories about these aspects of him tell us about the human being he was? Rather than a book talk, this will be a life talk.


[Introduction about the speaker]


Award-winning scholar, translator, and poet Janine Beichman wrote her doctoral thesis at Columbia University under Donald Keene. She later studied in poetry workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Unterberg Poetry Center of 92Y, and The New School with the poets Maxine Kumin, Marie Ponsot, Marie Howe, Carl Phillips, and David Yezzi. Her publications include biographies of the haiku poet Masaoka Shiki and the young Yosano Akiko, translations of the modern poet Ōoka Makoto's own poems and also of his anthology of ancient and modern Japanese poetry, and an original Noh play. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and America PEN. This year she received the Japan-US Friendship Commission Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature for Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets: Poems by Ooka Makoto.


図書委員会は1月22日(水)、日本で親しまれ、文学者としての功績が国際的に高く評価されてきたドナルド・キーン氏の没後1周年を記念するBook Breakを開催いたします。キーン氏は1945年の創設以来、ゲストやスピーカーとして度々、FCCJを訪れており、その発言や講義内容は、これまでのスピーカー、特に第二次大戦後の日本の目覚ましい復興を代表するスピーカーの重要な一部分を占めています。


私はキーン先生の最初の学生であり、彼の多くの学生と同様に、友人でもありました。キーン先生と私の進路がどのように交差したのか。キーン先生がどのような師であったのか。特に晩年にかけてどのような友人であったのか。また、こうした背景から、キーン先生が一人の人間としてどのような人物であったのか-についてもお話しします。このBook Breakでは、先生の著作というよりも、彼自身の生涯についてお話をさせて頂くことになるでしょう。

大東文化大学名誉教授。学者、翻訳者、詩人。米コロンビア大学でドナルド・キーン教授の指導の下、博士論文を執筆。その後、the Fine Arts Work Center (米マサチューセッツ州)や the Unterberg Poetry Center of 92Y(ニューヨーク)、また、Maxine Kumin、Marie Ponsot、Marie Howe、Carl Phillips、David Yezzi などとの The New School の poetry workshop で学ぶ。

バイチマンの著作には、正岡子規や与謝野晶子の伝記に加え、日本の現代詩人の大岡信の詩集の翻訳「Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets: Selected Poems」や、大岡による古典詩歌・現代詩選集の翻訳「A Poet's Anthology: The Range of Japanese Poetry」、英語による新作能「漂炎」がある。また、the National Endowment for the Humanities、the National Endowment for the Arts、American Penの助成金を取得。2019年には「Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets: Selected Poems」で日米友好基金日本文学翻訳賞を受賞。


The library committee is offering a cocktail party - "Meet the Author - starting at 6:15 pm, followed by a set dinner with one drink at 6:40 pm (Menu: Small Green Salad/ Sauteed White Fish / Bread/ Dessert/ Coffee or Tea with ONE DRINK (one from orange juice/ Oolong Tea/white wine/ red wine). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges are 3,100 yen / 4,100 yen (members/non-members) per person. The member price is applicable to members’ guests.


To FCCJ members: Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations cancelled less than 72 hours in advance will be charged in full.


To non-members: Sign up now at the reception desk by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please reserve and pay in advance by Thursday, January 16th, 2020. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. No refund is available unless event is cancelled for the reasons on our part.


Any attendees with food restriction should inform the reception desk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) three days before the event.


(The Talk will be in English)


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