Randolph-Macon College hosted a near-capacity crowd for the Taylor Anderson/Japan
Foundation Lecture, “Postscripts
from Japan: Stories that Endure After the Earthquake and Tsunami,” on Sunday,
March 11, 2012 in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts. This
lecture commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake,
which took the life of R-MC alumna Taylor Anderson ’08.
Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki delivered brief remarks
and the keynote speech was given by National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Yuki
Noguchi. Special guests included Andy and Jeanne Anderson (Taylor’s parents), Virginia
Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker, Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce
Jim Cheng, Ambassador John Malott, President of the Japan-American Society of Washington,
D.C., and Maurice Maloney, President of the JET Alumni Association of Washington.
The Taylor Anderson/Japan Foundation lecture is sponsored through the generosity
of The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership grant, entitled “Honoring
the Life, Work, and Good Spirit of Taylor Anderson- Enhancing Japanese Studies at
Randolph-Macon College.” In 2011, Randolph-Macon College received the grant
to strengthen Japanese Studies, a part of the college’s
Asian Studies program.