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.