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Thomas Conlan Weighs in on the Samurai

Story posted December 05, 2003

The Tom Cruise film The Last Samurai opens Friday, December 5, resulting in a media blitz of programming and articles about that legendary order of ancient warriors of Japan.

Thomas Conlan, Bowdoin assistant professor of Asian studies and history, has researched the samurai and the history of Japanese warfare extensively, and will be turning up on your TV screen several times this month offering his expertise on the subject.

Conlan appears in "Samurai: Behind the Blade," an hour-long program filmed in part at Bowdoin, which is currently running on the National Geographic Channel. "Behind the Blade" is scheduled to air Friday, December 5, at 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 7, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and Saturday, December 13, at 6 p.m. Check the National Geographic Channel Web site for additional airings.

Conlan will also appear in the program "The Samurai," airing on the History Channel Monday, December 8, at 9 p.m. Conlan is among the historians weighing in on the meaning and ritual of the Japanese warrior. The program will also air early Tuesday morning, December 9, from 1-3 a.m., as well as on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m.-noon. Check the History Channel's Web site for additional airings.

To learn more about Conlan's research, read the article "Samurai - Not Exactly What We Thought They Were" available on the Bowdoin Academic News site.

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