March 29, 2018

The Creative Legacies of Internal Conflict in Japan and the United States will explore the similarities in the American and Japanese civil wars.

Drawing depicting the US and Japanese Civil WarsHampden-Sydney College is exploring the similarities in the American and Japanese civil wars through a symposium titled, The Creative Legacies of Internal Conflict in Japan and the United States. Over two weeks the College will examine the artistic and personal responses to the civil war in each of the respective countries.

Experts from a variety of fields will contribute to the symposium, including Akira Matsui, a master actor-teacher of the Kita School of Japanese classical noh theater and an Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Japan. Other highlights include a performance by Theatre Nohgaku and the world premiere (in English) of Atsumori. The traditional noh play—a Japanese theatrical form—will feature authentic costumes and a hand-made mask from Japan.

Combined, the events cover a unique look at the global, historical, and artistic impact from two of the most influential civil wars. The symposium is possible through the sponsorship of The Japan Foundation New York; and Hampden-Sydney's Lectures and Programs Committee; Departments of Fine Arts, History, and English; Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest; Dean and Provost; Core Cultures Program; and Honors Council.

March 29 
"Dramatic Repercussions: Civil War Influences and Elements of Noh Theatre" 
Professor Matthew R. Dubroff and cast members of Atsumori
4-5:30 pm, Johns Auditorium     

April 3 
"Houses Divided: On the Arts of Civil War" 
Professors Eric Dinmore, Caroline Emmons, and Abigail Horne
4-5:30 pm, Crawley Forum   

April 5
"Atsumori, Yoshitsune, and Samurai Ideal(s)" 
Professor Mark Ravina (Emory University)
4-5:30 pm, Crawley Forum   

April 5-7, 12-13
Atsumori, a noh play 
by Zeami Motokiyo & adapted to English by Matthew R. Dubroff 
8 pm, Johns Auditorium   

April 8 
Gettysburg, a noh play by Elizabeth Dowd
performed by Theatre Nohgaku, with presentations by Elizabeth Dowd and Professor Ronald Heinemann
8 pm, Johns Auditorium   

April 10 
"Noh Leadership" 
a discussion with master noh performer Matsui Akira
4-5:30 pm, Johns Auditorium   

April 12-13 
Atsumori, a noh play 
by Zeami Motokiyo & adapted to English by Matthew R. Dubroff 
8 pm, Johns Auditorium