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Roger Cohen

Ambeth R. Ocampo, Ph.D.

Mark J. Ravina, Ph.D.

Alice Yang, Ph.D.

Roger Cohen has worked for The New York Times for 30 years as a foreign correspondent, foreign editor, and now columnist. Before beginning his work at the Times, he worked for both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. He is the author of four books. The latest, a family memoir entitled The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family, was published to wide acclaim by Alfred A. Knopf in January, 2015.

Cohen has taught at Harvard and Princeton, and his work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Britain’s Next Century Foundation and a prize from the Overseas Press Club of New York. During the past two years, he was twice awarded the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) prize for Opinion writing, for a series on Australian mistreatment of refugees (2017) and for a piece on Burma after the Rohingya massacre (2018). Raised in South Africa and England, and a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, Cohen is a naturalized American.

Ambeth R. Ocampo is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation.

Dr. Ocampo is Associate Professor and former Chairman of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University. He has held previous appointments at: the University of the Philippines (Diliman), De La Salle University, Kyoto University; Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. He served as Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005–2007) and Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002–2011), Co-Chair of the Manila Historical Commission and President of the Philippine Historical Association. He has published 40 books, writes a widely read Editorial Page column for the Philippines Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook Fan Page.

Dr. Mark J. Ravina is Professor of History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1991. He received his A.B. from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has been a visiting professor at Kyoto University’s Institute for Research in Humanities and a research fellow at Keio University and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. He has also received research grants from the Fulbright Program, the Japan Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Association for Asian Studies.

Professor Ravina has published extensively in early modern Japanese history, with a particular focus on the transnational and international aspects of political change. He has also published research on Japanese and Korean popular culture, Japanese economic thought, and the history of science. As a public intellectual, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, and The History Channel.

A former director of the East Asian Studies Program at Emory University, Professor Ravina has also served as president of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. In addition, he is on the editorial board of The Journal of Asian Studies. Professor Ravina’s books include The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori and Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan. Dr. Ravina recently produced a Great Course entitled Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.

Dr. Alice Yang is Provost of Stevenson College at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and teaches courses on historical memory, World War II, Asian American history, race, gender, oral history, and twentieth-century America. Her publications include Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress (Stanford University Press, 2007), Major Problems in Asian American History (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? (Bedford/St. Martins Press, 2000), as well as many articles, book chapters, and reviews. She is currently researching transnational memories of World War II in the Pacific and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. Provost Yang received a B.A. in English and American Literature and an M.A.T. in Social Studies from Brown University as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.