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Chicago Humanities Festival: Lecture—Manga and Ukiyo-e

October 27, 2018
Fullerton Hall
$10 students, $15 members, $20 nonmembers; purchase tickets at

Scholar Adam L. Kern, University of Wisconsin-Madison, explores the influence of Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period on contemporary manga artists. Presented on the occasion of Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection

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About the Speaker
Adam L. Kern (アダム•カーン) is Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (). He earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where he was also on the faculty for nearly a decade.

His significant experiences in Japan (apart from research affiliations with the University of Kyoto, the University of Tokyo, and the National Institute of Japanese Literature) include an editorial internship in the manga division of Kōdansha Publishers, a stint as a staff reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper (Kyoto Shimbun), and the day student radicals set the roof of his boarding house on fire.

His books include:

  • A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan's Metropolitan Centers, 1600-1750, edited by Sumie Jones and Adam L. Kern (University of Hawai'i Press, under contract).
  • The Penguin Book of Haiku (London: Penguin Classics, 2017).
  • Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyōshi of Edo Japan (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006)


This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival. 

Richard Gray Visual Art Series 
The Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member Richard Gray.

Kaigetsudô Dohan. Courtesan Playing with a Cat, c. 1715. Clarence Buckingham Collection.