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Professor Emeritus Robert Carter one of two Canadians awarded a Japan Foundation Fellowship

The Japan Foundation awarded two Canadians as well as eight scholars from the United States prestigious fellowships. Professor Carter, a philosophy professor, received a grant that will allow him to conduct research in Japan for two months.

The Japan Foundation offers two different types of fellowships, one funds research projects that take more than two months and up to a year, while the other is limited to two months. Previously, Prof. Carter was awarded the full-year fellowship, during which he looked at Japanese ethics and the result was his newest book, Encounter with Enlightenment. Currently, he is interested in the relationship between the Great Arts (the tea ceremony, flower arranging, rock gardens and the martial arts) and ethics. Prof. Robert Carter believes that in Japan ethics is taught indirectly through practising the Great Arts.

While in Japan he plans to consult Master Sen (tea ceremony), Master Ikenobo (flower arranger) and Shunmyo Masuno, the acclaimed rock gardener and Zen monk. For two years (1999-2001) Professor Carter taught at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, as an Invited Professor. He hopes to visit friends and former students during his stay.

He started his career at Trent University as the first Master of Otonabee College. While Master, he also taught in the philosophy department. He developed an East Asian philosophy course, won the Symons Award for excellence in teaching, and is the author or co-author of 10 books, and more than 70 articles and reviews. When he returns to Trent he will talk about his work in East Asian philosophy.

The Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, special legal entity, in order to further international mutual understanding through the promotion of cultural exchange between Japan and other countries. These fellowships are awarded for those engaged in Japanese Studies.

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For more information contact Robert Carter at (705) 657-2481 or by e-mail at

Posted July 30, 2003

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