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Event Description: 

RIT's College of Liberal Arts

Conable Distinguished Lecture Series in

International Studies


William Ashbaugh
SUNY Oneonta

Professor & Chair, Department of History

Tuesday, April 18th

3:30 – 4:45 pm

SAU, 1829 Room

A Brief History of Japanese Anime Fandom and

Mobile Suit Gundam’s First Thirty-Eight Years

Anime in Japan started out as a way to translate manga (comics) on to the television screen. Science fiction programing, difficult to do realistically or cheaply in live-action, was also tailor-made for low-cost anime, with or without origins of the stories in manga. A renewed popularity of Mobile Suit Gundam—one of these anime-first SF productions--during its reruns on television led to sequel after sequel, eventually providing Japanese viewers for the next four decades a group of television programs, original video animation series, and films that focus in part on environmental and anti-war themes.

William Ashbaugh is Professor and Chair of the History Department at SUNY Oneonta, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Susan Sutton Smith Award for Scholarship. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at Doshisha University (Kyoto) and Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomiya) in Japan in the fall of 2010. His teaching and publications vary greatly and include medieval China and Japan, the coming of the Second World War, and anime.

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Event Schedule: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Start and End Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Student Alumni Union (SAU)
1829 Room
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