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The Craft of Japanese Boatbuilding with Douglas Brooks

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Center for Science and Society, the Donald Keene Center, and the History department kindly invite you to join us on the evening of March 20, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 PM in Kent 403 for a lecture and Q&A with Douglas Brooks, a master craftsperson, who has spent the past 30 years studying, recording, and teaching the craft of Japanese boat building. His work, and that of his students, is on display at museums and libraries around the country. For further details about the event please see the below description and the attached flyer.

The Craft of Japanese Boatbuilding

Speaker: Douglas Brooks

Time: March 20, 2023 5:00-7:00 PM

Place: Kent 403

Douglas Brooks will be speaking about the increasingly rare practice of hand built wooden boats once a hallmark of Edo period economic and social life in Japan. His knowledge comes from nearly 30 years of experience in Japan apprenticing with, learning from, and interviewing master craftsmen in Japan. His talk will introduce various techniques of boatbuilding in Japan, the relationship between master and apprentice, and his latest experience building in Japan. Mr. Brooks’s talk will be followed by a short Q&A. This talk is open to all Columbia Affiliates and is sponsored by the Center for Science and Society, the Donald Keene Center, and the History Department.

For more information about the speaker, please visit his website: http://www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com/


March 20
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


403 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027 United States
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