Japan Lecture Series 2009-2010

Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas  


Free admission

The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by the grant from the Freeman Foundation.            

For more information, contact Mieko U. Peek at mpeek@lyon.edu


Japan's Motorcycle Wars: Success, Failure, and the Myth of "Japan Inc."


Dr. Jeffrey Alexander

from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Derby Lecture Hall, Lyon College



The Greening of Japan


Dr. Carin Holroyd

from the University of Waterloo, Canada

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Derby Lecture Hall, Lyon College





Dr. Jeffrey Alexander is Assistant Professor of Asian History at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, where he researches Japanís industrial and technological growth since 1870.  He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada.  His recent book, Japanís Motorcycle Wars, was co-published by UBC Press and the University of Hawaii Press in 2008.  Jeffrey has given invited lectures about his research at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Waterloo.  


In his presentation, Dr. Alexander will discuss the development of Japanís twentieth century motorcycle industry through exploration of this industryís four successful firms as well as over a dozen of its failed companies.  Based upon this comparative approach, he draws novel, often surprising conclusions about Japanís industrial and economic growth during the postwar era.


 He is currently writing a history of Japan's beer and whisky industries.





Dr. Carin Holroyd is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada.  She is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, also in Waterloo.   Dr. Holroyd is the author of Government, International Trade, and Laissez-Faire Capitalism (McGill-Queen's) and co-author of Japan and the Internet Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan) and Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan.  She previously taught at universities in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Japan and New Zealand.  Her current research focuses on environmental businesses in Japan and a comparative study of national innovation systems.  She is a former co-President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada.