Savor Japan: from Tokyo to the Inland Sea, with Dean Bruce Suttmeier

At this time, due to the evolving guidelines and requirements by health officials, as well as entry requirements into individual countries, participants on travel programs sponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Alumni and Parent Programs Office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the departure date of their enrolled program. To read more about our vaccination policy, please visit this page.

Trip Length: 10 - 12 days

Group Size: 16 - 24

Cost: TBD

More information will populate this webpage in the coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please fill out this interest form. We will contact you with more details just as soon as plans solidify.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement at or 503-768-7936.

Faculty Leader: Bruce Suttmeier, Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Japanese

Bruce Suttmeier joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in Asian Languages (Japanese Literature) from Stanford University. His early research examined war memory and trauma in the fiction of 1960s Japan. More recently, his work studied Tokyo in its frenetic preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games. His current research explores the literature of ‘counterfactual history,’ particularly alternative narratives of World War II and the postwar era. He teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, and civilization, as well as a first-year course on travel and travel writing.  His most recent literature class explored a thousand years of Japanese fiction and film through the lens of ghosts and monsters, beginning in the 10th century Heian court, through the medieval and early-modern period, and ending in the early 21st century world of popular culture. In Fall 2019 he is teaching an advanced Japanese language class (JAPN 498). 

He joined the Dean’s Office in 2015 as Associate Dean for Faculty Development, where he managed faculty searches, faculty orientation and mentoring, developmental and tenure/promotion reviews, and faculty development programs. He is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing all academic programs, as well as the library, the advising center and about a dozen other offices across campus.