Of late, the Jackson School of International Affairs makes it particularly easy to identify its many offerings open to the public and usually free. They include those sponsored by the flourishing Japanese Studies Program.
The school’s calendar for the academic year, updated weekly, lists visiting speakers, special lectures and events presented by centers and programs that focus on the history and culture of more than 14 (count ‘em) countries/areas: http://jsis.washington.edu/events/
The sponsors are the academic programs, National Resource Centers and other centers, such as the Center for Human Rights, the East Asia Center and Korean Studies.
Just a quick scan of the calendar, in itself, is a survey course of a kind.
In addition, an unknown coordinator at the school will helpfully deposit weekly updates in email in-boxes. To sign up for this convenience, send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the current issue, Japanese Studies is sponsoring two upcoming speakers I noted on my own calendar. The first is a rare opportunity that speaks for itself, and the second is…well, so unusual that this sports minded (not) blogger marks it “intriguing.”
Living with Hiroshima: My Memories of 66 Years - Koko Tanimoto Kondo.
One of the remaining survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, Ms. Kondo has spent many years working for peace. She brings her perspective on the effects of the bombing that reverberate through her life and the lives of others. Tuesday, February 7, 3:34 pm to 5 pm, Room 120, Communications Building, UW Campus.
Will Soccer be Japan’s 21st Century Sport? - William W. Kelly, Professor of Anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University.
Japan’s recent embrace of the global game of soccer is reshaping the world of sports in Japan. It has ramifications for Japan’s place in East Asia and the world. Dr. Kelly’s research has focused on sport and body culture in Japan, including field research on the history and present patterns of professional baseball in the Kansai region. Thursday, April 12, 7 pm, Room 225, Kane Hall, UW campus.