Alumni and Emeritus Faculty
SANAA AHMED (2014) is a Planning Staff Member in the Glass Business Planning Department at the Tokyo headquarters of Central Glass.
ZEBA AHMED (2014) is a Coordinator for Northside Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
BENEDICT PERRINO (1977) is personnel officer of a California bank.
MARK TANKOSICH (1991) is Assistant Professor at the Hiroshima University of Economics. https://www.hue.ac.jp/english/
In 1989 she published her book, The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami: A Comparative Study of Greek Tragedy and Noh, which has received the AAUP Arisawa Memorial Award. She has published articles as well on the subject of Greek tragedy and the comparison of tragedy and noh. She published the book, Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety, in 2000, and was awarded a Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize by Columbia University's Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture. In 2003 she edited a book entitled The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed From Many Directions. Her main interests are ancient literary theory, drama, lyric poetry and comparative theatre.
I have begun a project to study the modern history of the nô theatre in modern Japan. How did a theatre form that was closely associated with the feudal order before the Meiji Restoration, revive itself in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries? My study will look into such subjects as the relationship of the leading schools of nô actors to the imperial family and the new Japanese nationalism, their finances, their internal politics, and their dealings with the international theatre and art world. As part of this project, I have headed a team at the University of Pittsburgh to create a website of the woodblock prints of Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927) of noh theatre subjects. The website can be accessed through the following web address: http://digital.library.pitt.edu/k/kogyo/
I am also studying the Japanese industrial policy debate of 1884-6. I am particularly interested in the developmental ideas of Maeda Masana, who advocated growing the economy by modernizing traditional industries that produced consumer goods for export and domestic consumption, and by depending on local, not central initiatives and planning. If his ideas had prevailed and Japan had developed from the bottom up rather than from the top down with an emphasis on building military power, might prewar Japan have developed in a more democratic way and avoided World War II?