Professor Kazuo MIYAMOTO, Faculty of Humanities, was chosen as an international honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was established in 1786, and being inducted as a member is considered the highest honor in the U.S., as it symbolizes great influence of the receiver on the time. On this occasion, 213 people were chosen to be new members, and 36 people were chosen to be international honorary members, all of whom are active in academia, art, and public and private organizations.
Professor Miyamoto specializes in East Asian archaeology and has worked on the origin and the spreading process of agriculture, the emergence and development process of Bronze culture, and a comprehensive comparative study on the state formation process in East Asian region. His research interests include the analysis of the formation of herding society in Eastern Tibet and Eastern Eurasian Steppe and he is currently conducting the international collaborative project research. Beside research activities, he serves as a Vice President of Kyushu University, a Director of Kyushu University Library, and the chair of Local Organizing Committee in the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) to be held in September 2018.
The selected members for this year include Mr. Barack H. Obama who had served as former President of the U.S., and international members in the past include Mr. Akito Arima (former President, The University of Tokyo) and Mr. Ryoji Noyori (President of RIKEN).