Lee Friederich, UW-Barron County Senior Lecturer of English, was selected to be one of three scholars to represent the UW Colleges at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference in Rhode Island. The conference was held in Providence October 3 – 5.
This past summer UW Colleges Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Greg Lampe announced his intentions to assemble a three-member team to attend the conference. The theme of the conference was “Global Learning in College: Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges.” Candidates were asked to self-nominate themselves and submit a brief statement reflecting on why they were interested in attending the conference. The nominations were then reviewed by Academic and Student Affairs personnel who had the difficult task of choosing the attendees.
Also selected to travel to Rhode Island with Friederich were Rachel Knighten, Associate Professor of World Languages at UW-Fox Valley and Annette Kuhlmann, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County.
Friederich has had a long relationship with the country of Japan, its literature and culture; she has lived in Japan for a time and has had the opportunity to visit often. This past summer she traveled to Minami-Izu, Tokyo and Hiroshima under a grant from the Association of Asian Studies to do research on poet Ishigaki Rin. Last spring she was an organizer and panelist for “Literature and Cultural Responses to 3.11” at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in San Diego, CA and presented her paper “Faultlines: Strata of Texts and Media in the Poetry of Ito Hiromi and Wago Ryoichi.” She has published essays and interviews on Japanese culture and organized the UW-BC Japanese Film Festival.
Friederich is a co-instructor of the UW Colleges Study Abroad program Service-Learning in the Tsunami Zone of Japan that is scheduled for May 21-31, 2014.
She will also be giving a Thursdays at the U presentation on October 31 titled “In the Course of An Hour: A Poetic Response to Hiroshima.