Since January 2006, Professor Ian Condry has organized the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan research project. The project presents colloquia, international conferences, and arts events to examine the cultural connections, dangerous distortions, and critical potential of popular culture. The goal is to encourage scholarly debate, research, and networking in the Boston area for faculty and students interested in media and globalization, formerly related primarily to Japan but now expanding to include other geographic and cultural regions. The project is sponsored by the MIT Japan Program, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures, and MIT Comparative Media Studies.

NEXT EVENT:  Shonen Knife @ MIT,  Monday, September 22, 4:00pm, Room 4-231 (MIT)
Panel discussion with
legendary Japanese punk band
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
4:00 - 5:30pm
MIT, Room 4-231
Moderator: Prof. Ian Condry (GSL & CMS/W) 
Panel discussion, Q/A and meet-and-greet with the musicians. 
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow.  
Band members will discuss their two-decade history in the music industry, their breakthrough success in the US, and their experiences performing globally. The band is now on tour to promote their new album, Overdrive. More band info:
<Shonen Knife.pdf>


Last event:  "Music, Culture and Transformation" Feb. 26-27, 2014 (Wed-Thurs) - two-days of panels and musical performances