The Humanities, Digitized

May 30th, 2012


When the largest tsunami in Japan’s recorded history struck in March 2011, wreaking horrific damage up and down the northeastern coast, Folger Fund professor of history Andrew Gordon recalls that he and other Harvard scholars of Japanese culture “had a sense that this was an event that would probably change people’s sense of time” in Japan. A core group of faculty members also felt obligated to try to capture the ephemeral documentation of the crisis that was appearing on the Internet.

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— By Jonathan Shaw, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2012