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Donald Keene Changed My Life
Ann Marie (Bonasera) Errera
Alum
School of International and Public Affairs 1975
Teachers College 1975

I remember that the School of International Affairs in the 1970s was like a mini-United Nations. Ambassadors and diplomats often visited for meetings. One particular professor that influenced my future studies was Donald Keene. I studied Japanese Literature I and II with Professor Keene and was so impressed with his knowledge of Japanese language and culture that it was the catalyst for my studies in Japan. One afternoon, while in a rush to get to a class on the other side of the campus, I impatiently hit the wall by the elevator, and a brochure fell on my foot. It was an application for the 27th Japan-America Student Conference. I applied and eventually was accepted, and today I am an alumnae/consultant for JASC. Now I am a teacher, and thanks to Donald Keene and the many experiences that I had in the School of International Affairs and Teachers College, I am still transferring my learnings and love of haiku, Japanese culture, and positive international relations to my students. What a super place it was for me!



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