Nov. 14, 2006
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, is part of an academic team that received a $17,600 project grant from the United States-Japan Foundation of New York City to fund the creation of a Japan Studies Network (JSN) within the tri-state region.
The team also includes Yumiko Guelcher, adjunct instructor of Japanese at Morningside and an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the Sioux City Community School District, and Dr. Leroy Meyer, professor of philosophy at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
The JSN is a non-profit, educational organization whose purpose is to actively promote and facilitate programs of learning about diverse aspects of Japanese history, geography, culture, and society. The organization will consist of an affiliation of resource persons and educational institutions coordinated by an advisory committee of four professional educators whose intent is to provide voluntary, educational resources for children in grades kindergarten through 12 in the tri-state region.
The United States-Japan Foundation of New York City was formed in 1980 and is committed to promoting stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns.
Guelcher has been at Morningside since 1996 and specializes in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture. He has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong, served as a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Oriental Culture, and as a guest lecturer at the Toyama City International Center’s International Speech Academy in Japan.
He received his master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio.