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SMU News & Media Relations
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October 24, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Asian Studies Lecture Series, sponsored by the Asian Studies Program of Dedman College and the Perkins School of Theology, will host a public lecture by Japanese theologian Nobuhiro Imaizumi Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Imaizumi is a professor of Christian Doctrine at Kwansei Gakuin University, the Perkins School of Theology’s sister institution in Japan. A 1969 graduate of the Perkins School of Theology, Imaizumi served as a pastor to at least two United Methodist church congregations in the San Francisco area before returning to Japan to teach at KGU.

The topic of Imaizumi’s lecture is “The Japan of Today as Seen from its Past,” and will have special emphasis on the Tokugawa era in Japan, the strictly hierarchical period from the 1600s to mid-1860s during which the Japanese population was divided into four distinct classes: the samurai, the farmers, the craftsmen and traders. Imaizumi will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Room 201 Hyer Hall, 6424 Hilltop Lane. Admission is free.

Imaizumi also will deliver a lecture, “Christianity in Japan: the Gospel in a Multi-Religious Society,” for a class on world religions and Christianity at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Selecman Hall Auditorium, 5905 Bishop Blvd. For further information contact Professor Ruben Habito at (214) 768-4334.

Imaizumi also will preach “The Truth About the Gospels” from the fifth chapter of Matthew during a public worship service at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Perkins Chapel.