Rui Kohiyama American missionaries and their influence on women’s education
Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location Alexander Library, Pané Room (in person)
Wakamatsu Shizuko: The First Graduate of Ferris Seminary and a Progeny of RCA/Rutgers Efforts in Japan
Rui Kohiyama (Professor, Department of International Relations, Tokyo Woman's Christian University) is a specialist on the women’s foreign mission movement in North America and female missionaries’ work in Japan from the late 19th - early 20th century. She recently wrote chapters on early history of Ferris University, which was founded in 1870 by a female missionary from the Dutch Reformed Church and later headed by Rutgers alumni. She will talk about the educator, novelist, and translator Wakamatsu Shizuko (1864-1896), the first graduate of Ferris Seminary, as the progeny of RCA/Rutgers efforts in Japan.