Biokyowa Scholar to Speak at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2004 – Professor Takaki Hiraishi, the sixth annual BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar, will deliver a public lecture Sept. 14 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Crisp Hall Auditorium.

 The lecture is entitled “The Teaching of American and British Literature in Japan: A Brief Survey.” Admission is free. Hiraishi, who is a member of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo, is visiting Southeast this month to conduct research in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials.

The current president of the American Literacy Society of Japan and an editor of the William Faulkner Journal of Japan, Hiraishi has published two books on Faulkner, A Melancholic Design: Faulkner’s Development in His Early Works and The Author’s Manner of Working: A Study of Faulkner’s Methods, as well as studies of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Bobbie Ann Mason and other American writers.

Hiraishi’s visit to Southeast is being sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., and jointly hosted by Kohta Fujiwara, the president of BioKyowa, and Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast.