Marlboro College


Marlboro, VT -- (November 6, 2009) -- Marlboro College announced that the Rice-Aron Library has been selected as one of 300 United States recipients of the Nippon Foundation's donation of "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan."

The Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation launched their International Book Donation Project in December 2008 with the goal of providing overseas libraries with authoritative books about contemporary Japan. During the selection process, the committee members drew on diverse backgrounds and points of view, having experience in Japanese business, academic, media, government, cultural, and NGO-related circles.

The timing of the gift coincides with planning for a student and faculty research trip to Japan during May and June of 2010. Asian Studies professor Seth Harter is coordinating the trip that will explore Japanese aesthetics through performing arts, photography, Buddhism and poetry.

"The Nippon Foundation books will give faculty and students a great foundation for understanding Japan as they prepare for their travels," Harter said, adding that the research projects will take trip members on visits to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima.  "Making sense of aesthetic practices will require a familiarity with the broader history and culture of Japan that this collection provides."

The catalogue includes books on Japan on such topics as foreign policy, society and culture, films and animation, classic and contemporary literature, history, business and management. Most of the books listed are recent publications, but some older classics have been included to give a better appreciation of the historical background of the nation. Anthropology professor Carol Hendrickson spearheaded the effort to have Marlboro considered for the gift and made the final selection of which books would come to the college.

"Marlboro College has been broadening its studies of Asian cultures through the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative, but that grant doesn't include money for books," said Hendrickson, who first heard about the book donation project a couple of summers ago while participating in a program aimed at infusing Japan studies into the curriculum. "I thought it would be a wonderful addition to our library to have many more books on a country that is so important to the U.S. and important to Marlboro's current focus on Japanese culture."

A complete catalogue listing the 100 books, with accompanying summaries, is available on The Nippon Foundation's website (  For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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