In-Person In Conversation with Frederick R. Dickinson

Date / Time

  • November 16, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

This program is sponsored by Lily and Peter Ferry.


  • General admission is $15. Student admission is $10.
  • Rosenbach members receive a 50% discount on general admission.
  • Delancey Society members receive free admission to In Conversation With The Rosenbach.
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  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on August 4, for members on August 6, and for the general public on August 9.


Manjiro and the Making of a Modern World  

Long spotlighted as a tale of the rise of modern Japan, John Manjiro’s travels, from our twenty-first century vantage point, appear more consequential than ever.  Frederick R. Dickinson will delve into the remarkable record of Manjiro’s adventures owned by the Rosenbach and the way in which it accentuates the role of Japan in the making of a global America and our modern world.  

Frederick R. Dickinson’s interlocutor for the evening will be Judith M. Guston, Director of Collections at the Rosenbach and the curator of Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020  

About the Speaker

Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History, director of the Center for East Asian Studies and co-director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan, he teaches courses on modern Japan and empire and nation in modern East Asia. He holds an M.A. in International Politics from Kyoto University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Yale University.  

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Beginning on September 1, visitors and program attendees must show proof of vaccination along with all ​staff members and volunteers. With limited space for social distancing in our historic house and library, requiring proof of vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

  • Visitors and program attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID at the front desk. We will accept your original CDC issued card or a photo.
  • With the vaccine requirement in place, masks are not required but are encouraged and will be available for use.
  • Visitors who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be able to visit The Rosenbach at this time, including unvaccinated children under the age of 12.

Join the Conversation

A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation With The Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers audience members a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions.

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