Monday, September 24, 2007

Steinbeck Scholar

Steinbeck Scholar from Japan Visits Steinbeck Collection for Research Project

Kyoko Ariki, Ph.D., professor of American Literature at Shujitsu University, made the long trip from Japan to spend the week of September 10 – 14, 2007, conducting research in the Hayashi Steinbeck Collection and Archives of the Ball State University Libraries. Dr. Ariki’s research trip was funded by the Steinbeck Research Fund in Honor of the late Dr. John M. Ditsky.

As one of the first two recipients of the Ditsky Award, professor Ariki made her first-ever trip to Ball State University to study the scope of Steinbeck-related research holdings in Archives and Special Collections and to collect essential data for a series of articles on “A Study of the Origin, Development, and Growth of the Ball State University-Centered Steinbeck Projects.”

Speaking of her research visit, Dr. Ariki said, “This is my first visit to Ball State University and Muncie, and I am really impressed by the huge and beautiful campus. I’m excited about being given such a great opportunity to do research here.”

Ms. Kay Bosse, Department of Communications/Theatre at the University of Dayton, was the other recipient of this year’s Ditsky Award. She visited the University Libraries in August to conduct research on Steinbeck and the Vietnam War.

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