In recognition of James Huffman's 30
years of dedicated teaching and the
countless students he inspired to study
East Asia along the way, alumni and
colleagues honored the H. Orth Hirt
Professor of History, Nov. 10-12, with
an academic conference titled "Japan
and the World."
Organized by Wittenberg Associate
Professor of History Tammy Proctor
and Associate Professor of Religion
and Director of the East Asian Studies
Program Jennifer Oldstone-Moore,
the conference brought together East
Asian scholars to "explore the legacy and
promise of [Huffman's] work."
During the two-day event, participants
had the opportunit y to hear Ford
International Professor of History at
MIT, Japanese scholar and Pulitzer
Prize-winning author John Dower,
who discussed "Cultures of War: Pearl
Harbor, Hiroshima and 9-11." Dower's
presentat ion wa s t he Wit tenberg
Series-sponsored William A. Kinnison
Endowed Lecture in History.
Alumni traveled from around the
globe to attend the event for Huffman,
who has received numerous prestigious
honors in his career, including four
Fulbright Awards, the Ohio Academy of
History's Distinguished Teaching Award
and the Wittenberg Alumni Association
Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Huffman, who joined the faculty in
1977, will retire in May.
Alumni Prepare To Visit Spain
From the dazzling city of Madrid and the Mediterranean
paradise of Costa del Sol to the elegance of Seville and the
spectacle of an authentic flamenco dance, Spain will serve
as this year's exciting alumni travel destination. Close to 20
alumni will experience Spanish life and culture as participants
on the weeklong excursion, April 20-29.
The Wittenberg-sponsored tour, coordinated by the university's
Office of Alumni Relations and offered by Go Next, marks the
second such alumni tour. Last year's tour brought alumni and
friends together in Tuscany, Italy. In addition to sightseeing in and
around Madrid, Seville and Costa del Sol with professional tour
managers and guides, participants will have the opportunity to take
optional trips to Toledo, Granada and Tangier, and Morocco.
Choir Tour Unites Alumni And Students
Under the direction of Don Busarow, professor of music and
university organist, the world-renowned Wittenberg Choir
embarked on its annual spring tour, March 1-16. The choir
performed a total of 13 concerts in Georgia, South Carolina,
Virginia, Maryland and Ohio before returning to campus
to present its annual home concert in Weaver Chapel.
Numerous alumni attended the various concerts, after
which choir members and alumni had the opportunity to
connect with each other during a variety of receptions.
Alumni Enjoy Sarasota Event
On March 6, more than 100 alumni gathered at the Sarasota Yacht Club to reminisce and
reunite. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear about Wittenberg's new
strategic plan from President Mark Erickson.