The Manassas Honors Club hosted a fascinating lecture by Professor Pearl Harris-Scott March 30. Harris-Scott’s talk was titled “Kabuki to Anime: 100 Years of Japanese Popular Culture.” She wove an intriguing narrative, explaining how modern day anime has evolved from Kabuki theater and highlighting connections between American and Japanese pop culture. She also discussed how historical changes are reflected in Japanese film; for example, the Godzilla series represents Japanese experience with nuclear warfare. The audience was especially interested to learn that the work of a famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa influenced American directors such as George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise.
Approximately 40 students, faculty and staff attended the event. The lecture series is part of the Manassas Honors Program, which offers Honors (and non-honors) students opportunities to attend enrichment activities with guest lecturers and professionals from numerous fields and backgrounds.
For more information about upcoming lectures, please contact Manassas Honors Chair Rebecca Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.