Corporate Program

Changing Memories of World War II, 70 Years after 1945

Changing Memories of World War II, 70 Years after 1945

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ian Buruma, Carol Gluck, Daqing Yang, Yoshiaki Yoshimi

To register, please contact the Corporate Program at 212-715-1208 or email

Memories of World War II in Japan and around the world have changed over the 70 years since the end of war in 1945. Since such memory is always selective, the question for this panel becomes what factors have influenced the selective memories of the war and why these views have changed as national and international conditions have changed. In this panel discussion, four preeminent historians will discuss how these changes have influenced war memories and how the war has been remembered, or forgotten, over time. They will also examine the present-day international implications of these cultural memories, particularly with regard to relations between Japan, East Asia, the U.S. and the wider world.

Ian Buruma, Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College
Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University and Member of the Board of Directors, Japan Society
Daqing Yang, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs and Director, Asian Studies Program, George Washington University
Yoshiaki Yoshimi, Professor of Modern Japanese History, Chuo University


6-6:30 pm    Registration
6:30-8          Panel Discussion and Q&A
8-8:30          Reception


Non-members: $15
Japan Society Corporate Members: Free, up to designated number of tickets; additional tickets $10

Japan Society Individual Members at Patron Circle level and above: $10

Academic and government: $10

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Prepayment must be made with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome.

For further information or assistance, please contact the Corporate Program at 212-715-1208 or email

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

This program is supported by a generous grant from The Sasakawa Peace Foundation – through the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.


Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

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