Professor Ken Ruoff Wins Top Japanese Prize
For the first time ever, the prestigious Jiro Osaragi Prize for
Commentary-Japan's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize-was awarded to a
foreigner, Kenneth J. Ruoff, director of Portland State University's
Center for Japanese Studies and associate professor in the Department
Professor Ruoff won for the Japanese translation of his book, The
People's Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995
(Harvard University Press, 2002). He received the award at a ceremony
at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, January 27, 2005.
Professor Ruoff, recognized as a leading expert on the contemporary
Japanese monarchy, has written a landmark book that analyzes numerous
Aaron Pearlman Named Outreach Director for
Judaic Studies Program
Aaron Pearlman, recently named community outreach director for the
Portland State University Judaic studies program, wants PSU's Harold
Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies to become "the primary
place for (adult) Judaic programming in Portland."
Recent Graduate to Attend MIT
This fall 2005 PSU graduate Joel Campos Alvis will attend MIT. Joel
is one of only four students among hundreds of applicants who have
received a full tuition waiver. According to Joel, PSU provided him a
top-notch education within a caring and supportive environment. It is
a proud time for Joel, his family and friends, and the PSU
community. We all look forward to watching his further success.