Dear JAG members,

In 2015, we are looking forward to two events, with others possibly eventuating. First, JAG will co-sponsor a session at the Terasaki Center Global Initiative Forum at UCLA on May 14-15, 2015, concerning the “migration” of Japanese culture and performance. Second, and with the support of the Japan Foundation, we will hold our third, and now hopefully annual, Works In Progress weekend at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead conference facility, May 22-24. The CFP should be available in early 2015. The event has proven to be extremely successful as an exercise in intensive engagement and scholarly exchange, one that has proven to have had substantial benefits in the writings of all participants, graduate students and faculty alike. Graduate student participants will find this an invaluable chance to get helpful, informed, attentive commentary on your work from a variety of perspectives—as indeed will faculty participants. We once again anticipate having a balanced mix of graduate students and faculty for the event, which will feature intensive discussions of each other’s works. Peers will be primarily responsibility for responding to each other’s papers, but all will be welcome to comment in the groups. And as before, the goal will be to create an atmosphere of constructive support and interchange among the group in furtherance of our work and our intellectual exchange.

William Marotti,
Director, JAG