The 2019 installment of the annual Mitsui Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Dr. Susan Napier presenting World Building: The Utopian Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares of Hayao Miyazaki. Napier is a Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and Japanese Studies at Tufts University and the author of Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle and the newly released Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, which explores the life and art of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker. Her research explores the implications of anime on cultural, personal, and gender identity. Dr. Napier has authored numerous articles on Japanese media. Her TedX Talk, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Being an Anime Expert” can be found here. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Dolan Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact the John Carroll University East Asian Studies program at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mitsui Distinguished Lecture is made possible by generous funding support from the Mitsui USA Foundation, through the Cleveland office of Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.