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Totoro Saves the World

What do a geologist and a Japanese literature scholar have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. 

Since 2015, after discovering they were both interested in teaching a class about Miyazaki Hayao films, Jim Rougvie (Geology)and Susan Furukawa (Modern Languages and Literatures) have taught several classes together, including “Totoro Saves the World,” a course that explores how the intersections of culture, folklore, and physical landscapes influence concepts of nature and environmental sustainability through the films and writings of Miyazaki. The course is a part of the Luce-funded Landscapes in Transition program, which has provided Beloit students exciting opportunities to do field research in rural China and Japan and will continue to do so until the summer of 2023.

August 22, 2019
  • Jim Rougvie (Geology) and Susan Furukawa (Japanese)

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