Places, Images, Times & Transformations

Godzilla on my Mind: Godzilla in Japanese History and the Global Imagination

Professor William M. Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College and noted expert on Japanese history and culture, leads a keynote presentation on Godzilla and its enduring global influence. Explore the impact of history on the Godzilla series as well as it's own socio-cultural impacts within Japan and around the globe. 

This lecture was the keynote presentation before a screening of the 1954 film, Gojira, on October 16, 2019.


Dr. William M. Tsutsui

A specialist in modern Japanese business and economic history, Dr. William M. Tsutsui’s published books examine topics ranging from banking policy to the film icon Godzilla. He has served as Associate Dean for International Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas where he was a history professor and director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching About Asia in KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, and then as Dean and Professor of History at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. He currently is President of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.