Associate Professor, Co-chair at Haverford College
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office: Founders 125
I teach in the joint Department of East Asian Studies at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. I teach Fourth Year Japanese annually, reading from works in the social sciences and humanities, as well as literature and journalistic writings. Beginning this year, we will spend a few weeks studying classical Japanese. This class is usually small, between six and ten students, and I really enjoy the intimate feeling and the chance to connect to each student on an individual level. I also teach courses essential to our department and of service to the wider community of the two colleges. One of these is a survey of the cultural history of Japan, called Japanese Civilization, where we read many autobiographical works and examine the discursive construction of Japanese identity from Queen Himiko of Yamatai in the third century to the twenty-first-century rapper K Dub Shine. Another course, more narrowly serving the needs of the department is the Sophomore Seminar, an introduction to the history of East Asia as a cultural region and an overview of research methodologies. This seminar is required of all majors and minors. I also co-teach the Senior Seminar, a workshop-style course in which students write a substantial senior thesis centered on a historical or modern text of their choosing.
In addition to my courses in East Asian studies I also offer a number of courses on Buddhism, which are cross-listed in Haverford’s Department of Religion. These include an “Introduction to Buddhism,” which is a survey of the Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on the Mahāyāna in East Asia. Students in this course write short papers, or exegeses, on Buddhist sutras and treatises, as well as paintings and sculptures. Another course on Buddhism is “Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History,” which examines the philosophy, history, and material culture of the Zen sect in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. This course requires collaborative work in the presentation of major themes in the course and culminates in an independent research paper. Both courses are limited to thirty students and are full whenever they are offered. Finally, I have offered a first-year writing seminar on the “Lotus Sutra: Text, Practice, and Image” for fifteen students, which I am now adapting into an advanced course open to students with a background knowledge of Buddhist Studies. While each of these courses addresses doctrinal discourse and includes readings in Buddhist scripture, each also engages gender, literature, and visual culture to emphasize the variety of the Buddhist experience and the nature of religion as a lived phenomenon, not just a system of thought or a set of beliefs.
For more information visit http://www.haverford.edu/east/glassman