1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman - I first met Harry Roseman when I interviewed for a job in the Art Department at Vassar College in the spring of 1994.
2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement - I am a historian of Japanese art, focusing on the sixteenth century. I lived and worked in Japan from 1980-1986, returned to the U.S. for graduate studies at Princeton University, where I received my Ph.D. in 1994, and taught at Vassar College from 1994-2008. Since 2008, I have been teaching at Princeton. My wife, Chiharu, and I have twins, Amy and Cy.
Before Japan, in the summer of 1979 (after graduating from Oberlin College), I worked at the Dean and DeLuca store in East Hampton (now closed), and there I met a certain Neil Roseman. I was a seasonal hire and Neil was the store’s main food person and my mentor in all things culinary; he was also memorable as a model of how to live life to the fullest. Although we lost touch after I left for Japan, I never forgot him. Only after beginning my job at Vassar did I realize there was a link between Harry Roseman and Neil Roseman. I was deeply saddened to learn that Neil had passed away, but thrilled to know Neil’s brother Harry and to become his colleague and friend.
December 31, 2013