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East Asian Lecture Series: Dr. Richard Samuels

November 20, 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Mary Tefft White Center, University Library
  • Open to the Public

The Spiegel Center for Global & International Programs and the East Asia Studies Program present the 2013 Fall Semester Program Series on East Asia, featuring Dr. Richard Samuels, professor and director of the MIT-Japan Program. Samuels will speak about his recent book, "3/11: Disaster and Change in Japan."

Richard J. Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the Founding Director of the MIT-Japan Program. In 2005 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, an Imperial decoration awarded by the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister. Professor Samuels has served as head of the MIT Department of Political Science, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Japan of the National Research Council, and as Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent Federal grant-making agency that supports Japanese studies and policy-oriented research in the United States. He has spent more than a decade doing field research in Japan and Europe and is one of only three scholars (Japanese or foreign) to have produced more than one scholarly monograph recognized by the Nippon Foundation as one of the top “one hundred books for understanding contemporary Japan.” In 2013, Cornell University Press published his book about the political and economic effects of Japan’s March 2011 catastrophes, "3/11: Disaster and Change in Japan." Dr. Samuels received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and a gold whistle for a decade of service from the Massachusetts State Referee Committee of the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2009. For more information, contact The Spiegel Center for Global & International Programs at or (401) 254-3899.