Bowdoin Business Breakfast to Address Japanese Economic Recovery

Story posted January 15, 1999


Jan. 29, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Henry C.W. Laurence, Assistant Professor of Government and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, will present a lecture on "Prospects for Economic Recovery in Japan" at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 9 in Daggett Lounge on the first floor of Wentworth Hall. This lecture is the fifth in a series of Business Breakfasts sponsored by the College.

Laurence, who joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1997, teaches courses in Japanese politics, Japanese political economy, international relations in East Asia and international political economy. Last summer, under the Freeman Foundation's Asia faculty fellowship program at Bowdoin, he traveled to Japan to update and expand his research on financial reform for future publication.

Laurence earned his bachelor's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oriel College, Oxford University, in 1985. He then attended Imperial College at London University for courses in modern Japanese politics and society. He completed his doctorate in 1996 at Harvard University with a dissertation on "The Politics of Financial Interdependence: Securities Market Reform in Britain and Japan." Just prior to coming to Bowdoin, Henry was an advanced research fellow at Harvard in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.

In addition to his research and teaching, Laurence has developed and written a series of case studies for a Hong Kong-based television company, investigated the Japanese pharmaceutical and health industries for the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Company, and served as fund manager for the Bank of Tokyo International in London. He has published numerous articles and presented many papers on the Asian and British economies. In addition to the Freeman Foundation Fellowship, Laurence has been awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Harvard University, European Community and Reischaeur Institute for Japanese Studies. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Association of Asian Studies and the Executive Committee of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard.

Seating in Daggett Lounge is limited to 160; first-come, first-seated. Overflow seating will be available where the speaker may be viewed on screen. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m., and the speaker will begin at 8 a.m. The cost for the breakfast is $8.50 for the public and $4.25 for faculty and staff. Payment to "Bowdoin College" is required to hold your reservation and should be sent to Lynn Ensign, Donor Relations Office, 85 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011, no later than Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Parking near Coles Tower is limited. We ask you especially not to park in the Admissions Office spaces reserved for interviewing guests.

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