Author Haruki Murakami
The annual J. Earl Moreland Lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2009
at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of the Washington-Franklin Hall. Dr. Matthew
C. Strecher will present "Confessions of a Haruki Murakami Addict."
Strecher, who specializes in modern Japanese literature, is an assistant professor
of Japanese at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. In addition to many
years of teaching Japanese language at the university level, Dr. Strecher taught
Japanese literature and translation studies for seven years in Tokyo. He has published
several books on contemporary Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and conducted research
on Japanese literary journalism and other forms of creative nonfiction.
Initiated in 1987 and held annually, The Moreland Lecture provides an important
avenue through which Randolph-Macon College seeks to increase understanding of Asia
and her people. The Moreland Lecture was established to honor Dr. J. Earl Moreland,
the eleventh president of Randolph-Macon College (1939-67), for his lifelong commitment
to international relations and for the inspiration and assistance he gave to one
particular student in the 1940s.
The Moreland Lectures are supported by an endowment provided by Dr. Ding Lik Kiu.
A 1949 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Randolph-Macon College, Dr. Ding received his
medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1954. From 1956-60 he served as
a medical missionary of the United Methodist Church in his native Borneo. He moved
to Hong Kong in 1962, where he held numerous leadership positions in medicine and
social services. A beloved physician, he worked unstintingly to improve nutrition,
school health and community health. He also led the effort in Hong Kong to reduce
drug addiction, strengthen higher education and improve the environment. Dr. Ding
was Randolph-Macon’s 1984 commencement speaker, and he was awarded the honorary
degree Doctor of Humane Letters on that occasion. Sadly, Dr. Ding passed away on
June 24, 2008.
For more information on the Moreland Lecture, contact Professor Thomas Porter at
804-752-7243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.