James J. Orr
Associate Professor and Chair (Fall 2013)
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 577-3388
Fax: (570) 577-3760
Ph.D.: 1996 Stanford University, History (Modern
M.A.: 1987 University of Washington, International
Studies (East Asia: Japan Regional Studies)
B.A.: 1979 Yale University, Economics
- Modern and Premodern Japanese History
- Remembrance of Hiroshima in Japan and the United States
- Constructions of National Identity in East Asia
- International Relations in East Asia
- Japanese History through Film
- Fall, 2013 courses:
- Spring 2014
- EAST255/HIST296 History of Modern Japan
- EAST256/HIST286 History of Contemporary Japan
- Current projects:
- History of Little League in Japan, the first two decades
- Victim narratives as part of popular remembrance of war in East
Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea)
- Remembrance of war in constructions of national identity
- Japanese pacifism
- Historical analysis of popular culture
For a fuller curriculum vitae, click here .
My Bucknell Blog
Moderator for A-Bomb Survivor Panel Discussion and Webcast, at the Japan Society of New York, May 21, 2010. See accompanying teacher's resource on using hibakusha testimony as oral history.
Guest lecture with Tom Hayden, moderated by Amy Goodman, "Reflections on Citizen Movements: Peace and Politics in the U.S. & Japan" at the Japan Society of New York, May 27, 2008. Part of the Satya Graha Forum. Podcast of talk available (begin at minute 41of the podcast).
Web links of interest:
A quote for your consideration:
"As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that
criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of
democratic government. Perhaps nothing today distinguishes democratic
government in England so greatly from the totalitarianism of Germany as
the freedom of criticism which has existed continuously in the House of
Commons and elsewhere in England. Of course that criticism should not
give any information to the enemy. But too many people desire to
suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some
comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that
comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome
to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of
criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great
deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes
which might otherwise occur."
Taft, December 19, 1941. From The
Papers of Robert Taft (Kent, 1997), p. 303.
This page is maintained by Jim Orr, email@example.com . Last
update August 2013.