2017 Keynote Speakers

These scholars were the keynote speakers for the now-finished 2017 JCMU Symposium. For information on the upcoming 2018 iteration, please visit the JCMU Symposium homepage.

Dr. Mutsuko Endo Hudson


Dr. Mutsuko Endo Hudson is Professor of Japanese and Linguistics, and Director of the Japanese Program at Michigan State University (MSU). In summer she regularly teaches in the Master’s Program in Japanese Language Pedagogy at Columbia University. Her M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1989) are in linguistics, both from the University of Michigan. She received her BA in Japan in 1973 with a major in Teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language, and has taught in the U.S. since then. She is a recipient of the 2004 Japanese Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Commendation (外務大臣表彰), 1993-94 MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and 1992-93 Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship.

Her major research areas are in linguistics (pragmatics, discourse, and functional grammar) and Japanese language pedagogy. Her recent publications include: Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide (2013) and Workbook (2014; co-author); Japanese Language and Literature 46-1, Special Section in Honor of Dr. S. Makino: Current Issues in Japanese Language Education, Acquisition, and Linguistics (2012; editor); Japanese/Korean Linguistics 13 (2008; co-editor); and articles such as「日本語能力試験N2 受験準備のための講座:実践とその意義」(2014),「日本の大学生の言語使用:質問に対する返答の形を中心に」(2014), ‘Three uses of kata ‘person’ in Japanese’ (2012), ‘Student honorifics usage in conversations with professors’ (2011), and ‘Riyuu “Reason” for nai desu and other semi-polite forms’ (2008). She is currently working with co-editors J. Mori and Y. Matsumoto on a book entitled Advances in Japanese Pragmatics.


Dr. E. Taylor Atkins


Dr. E. Taylor Atkins is Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship for Graduate Study Abroad from 1993-95 and  the John Whitney Hall Prize for Blue Nippon in 2003. Recently, he was made an NIU Presidential Teaching Professor from 2013-17, which allowed him to craft and lead his own history-focused study abroad program run through JCMU.

He specializes in the cultural history of modern Japan and Korea, but both his research and teaching interests extend well beyond those countries. Much of his previous work could be characterized as historical ethnomusicology, using music to understand cultures of the past. He is also interested in colonialism, public memorialization, nationalism, aesthetics, and transnational popular culture. His recent publications include: Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-45 (2010); Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan (2001); Jazz Planet (2003; editor); and articles such as “Colonial Modernity” (2016), “The Funky Divas Talk Back: Dialogues about Black Feminism, Masculinity, and Soul Power in the Music of James Brown”(2014), “The Dual Career of ‘Arirang’: The Korean Resistance Anthem That Became a Japanese Pop Hit”(2007), and “Edifying Tones: Using Music to Teach Asian History and Culture” (2003). He is currently completing research for his upcoming publication, A History of Popular Culture in Japan, from the Seventeenth Century to the Present.