Japanese Universities and Christianity: Education Reform and Christian Missionaries before and after the Second World WarSaturday,November 28,2015
Sponsored by IACS, ICU
(Japanese Universities and Christianity: Education Reform and Christian Missionaries before and after the Second World War)
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Administration Building (Honbuto) 206, ICU
In September, 1949 Japanese Christians, partly in response to their experiences before and during the Second World War, introduced a new conception of a university based on Christianity at Tokyo Women’s Christian University. Seven years later, through the complex interactions of North American missionaries, the YMCA and Occupation authorities, ICU was founded based on this conception. The symposium will examine the history of Christianity and universities from the long-term perspective of education during the crucial decades that spanned the prewar, wartime and immediate postwar periods. The symposium will examine the course charted by Christian universities and schools during the difficult years leading up to and including the war, and the influence of Japanese Christians, North American missionaries and Occupation authorities on the formation and transformation of Christian universities after the war.