Talk on Japanese American History and Identity

Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks’s lecture will incorporate Japanese American history and experience through the personal lens of his wife’s family (She is a Sansei; third generation Japanese American), his family (an interracial “War Bride” family) and his family intersecting multiple communities within and outside of the Japanese American community. Ample time will be provided to interact with Dr. Rooks, so bring plenty of questions.

EVENT: Talk on “A Japanese America Story: Resilience, Retention and Revitalization”
WHEN: May 23, 2019 (Thursday), 1:20 PM ~ 14:50 PM (3rd period)
WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University; Aoyama Campus; Building 9, Room 940 (On 4th Floor) Click here.
TARGET AUDIENCE: All English Department IE students and any other interested students and faculty. individuals from outside of the university are also welcome.


Dr. Rooks earned his B.A. in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies (honors) from Dartmouth College. He received his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine. In 1996, he was a University of California Regents Fellow. Prior to his appointment at LMU, Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University.

His research interests include applied community-based research focusing on cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development. Current projects include a cultural assessment of Japanese and African American senior care-giving needs and community partnerships in chronic disease needs assessment in the Samoan community. A second research trajectory focuses on Asian American multiracial identity and diversity.

To be better prepared for the event and to learn something about Japanese American cultural history, check out this informative website:

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Sexual Violence

A panel discussion and film screening on the topic of sexual violence will be open to all IE Program students, English Department students, Aogaku students in general, and the general public on May 30th from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM in Room 921 on the Aoyama Campus. First, the documentary film, “Japan’s Secret Shame,” will be shown. That will be followed by a panel discussion that will explore themes outlined in the film, including the challenges of reporting and seeking justice around sexual violence in Japan.

EVENT: Film screening of “Japan’s Secret Shame” and panel discussion
WHEN: May 30, 2019 (Thursday), 7:00 PM ~ 9:30 PM
SCHEDULE: Doors open:7:00 PM
Screening:7:30 PM ~ 8:30 PM
Panel Discussion:8:30 PM ~ 9:30 PM

WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University; Aoyama Campus; Building 9, Room 921 (On 2nd Floor) Click here.
LANGUAGE: Film will be in English (with some Japanese dialog); Panel discussion will be in English.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who cares about the important issues brought up in the film and subsequent discussion. [article and film clips in Japanese] [article in English] [Brief description of the 1-hour film]

Disclaimer: Neither Aoyama Gakuin University (its English Department) nor TELL are responsible for the views expressed in the BBC documentary that will be shown at this event.

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Earth Day Tokyo 2019

Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement in 1970, so this will be the 49th Earth Day. In various places around the world the day is celebrated by holding festivals to promote environmental awareness, eco-friendly technologies, and the work that NGOs do to protect the natural environment and the creatures in it.

On the weekend closest to Earth Day (officially, April 22nd) a festival is held in Yoyogi Park that attracts hundreds of thousands of people who enjoy two days of concerts, lectures (or “talk shows”), booths showcasing the latest in environmentally-friendly tech, and food stalls offering vegetarian delicacies. A fun, and educational, time can be had by all.

Take this Carbon Foot Print Quiz to assess how earth-friendly your lifestyle is:

What is Earth Day? The History

You might consider volunteering on the day of the event to help it run smoothly.

EVENT: Tokyo Earth Day/ アースデイ東京
WHEN: April 20 & 21 (Saturday & Sunday — from 10 AM)
WHERE: Yoyogi Park, Keyaki Namiki St. (in front of NHK Hall)
SCHEDULE: From 10 AM – 5 PM (until 8 PM on Saturday)

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Talk on trusting scientific findings

The United Nations University will be hosting another talk, titled “The Importance of Science Curation and Communication,” a conversation with Dr. Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of Nature. She will speak about the issue of trust in scientific findings in the age of climate change denial and questionable information promulgated about the dangers of vaccinations. She will attempt to answer the questions: “What duties do researchers bear in communicating their findings?” and “How can journalists, publishers, and editors help to demonstrate the robustness of science and the scientific method?”

Register for the talk at: .

EVENT: Lecture on “The Importance of Science Curation and Communication”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
SCHEDULE: From 18:30 to 19:30 — A buffet will follow
WHERE: United Nations University (Across street from Aoyama campus of AGU Click here.
LANGUAGE: This event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 3 April 2019) is required.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who cares about peace, the world, and how to maintain a peaceful world.

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Upcoming UN University Talk

On Tuesday, March 26th—from 18:30 to 19:30—at the United Nations University—there will be a lecture on “Counter-terrorism at the UN: Coordinating Cooperation and Reconciling Human Rights and Security,” a Conversation with Mike Smith. In 2006, the UN General Assembly initiated a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy to address the causes of terrorism while promoting respect for human rights. However, the UN has been questioned about the effectiveness of its involvement in the fight against terrorism. What has the UN’s work on counter-terrorism achieved in the past twenty years? Come to this talk to find out!

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EVENT: Lecture on “Counter-terrorism at the UN: Coordinating Cooperation and Reconciling Human Rights and Security”
WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
SCHEDULE: From 18:30 to 19:30 — A buffet will follow
WHERE: United Nations University (Across street from Aoyama campus of AGU Click here.
LANGUAGE: This event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 25 March 2019) is required.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who cares about peace, the world, and how to maintain a peaceful world.

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Documentary on Okinawan Dugong

We would like to announce a free screening of “Zan,” a documentary about the last of the Okinawan Dugong and the people who strive to protect them. Located in the outstandingly beautiful and bio diverse Henoko, Oura bay, the Dugong is facing its last stand. Its feeding grounds are threatened by the construction of a US Marine base. This film follows Yu Kisami as he brings us on a journey of discovery. Aided by the NGO NACJS, in this event we will meet the people who are working tirelessly to protect this beautiful part of the world, a natural heritage for Japan. Although it’s free, please indicate you will be coming by clicking on “going” at this FB event page:

EVENT: Documentary on Okinawan Dugong & Accompanying Talk Show
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2019
SCHEDULE: Doors open:13:45
Talk show:15:30-16:30

WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University Honda Auditorium Building 17, 6th Floor Click here.
LANGUAGE: Film will be in Japanese (with English subtitles); Talk show will be in Japanese.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who cares about the wildlife and people of Okinawa.


場所:青山学院大学 本多記念国際会議場 Building 17, 6th floor



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Job and Internship Possibilities

Occasionally we post job or internship opportunities that we hear about. Here are a few:

This is the link of job vacancy information at the British Embassy Tokyo. [They have not advertised internship information yet, but it’s worth checking feedback from past participants.]

Delegation of the EU to Japan:

Jobs and internships at the US Embassy in Japan:

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Lecture on Martin Luther King and Gospel Performance

Makoto Fujimura, the artist and the author of the books Silence and Beauty and Culture Care, brings Fujimura Fellow and Gospel Singer/Producer September Penn, and New York Times writer Ivan Penn to Tokyo. There will be lectures and a Q&A by Makoto Fujimura and Ivan Penn, along with a performance by September Penn with an accompanist.

Fujimura will lecture on “Dr. King and Culture Care.” Tracing the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, he will connect Dr. King’s work with his thesis of Culture Care using his own work. Ivan Penn will lecture on “Journalism, Theater and Martin Luther King’s Papers.”

EVENT: Lecture and concert focusing on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2018; 16:50 ~ 20:00
WHERE: 青山キャンパス ガウチャー記念礼拝堂 Goucher Chapel

September Penn

RSVP: This is a free event and prior registration is not necessary here.
LANGUAGE: Both Japanese and English
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fans of gospel music.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

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Performance of ‘A Hound of the Baskervilles’

Members of Black Stripe Theater will perform an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic masterpiece ‘A Hound of the Baskervilles’, a story of mystery, murder, and the supernatural. Based on one of the best-loved novels of all-time and featuring the investigatory quick-witted duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, this humorous version has been adapted by actor and writer Brandon Francis and reworked for four actors.

EVENT: Dramatization of the story “Hound of the Baskervilles”
WHEN: December 6th (Thursday); 3rd period 13:20~14:50 AND an additional performance at 4th period 15:05~16:35
WHERE: Room 1123 — Building 11 on the 2nd Floor at 3rd period and Honda Auditorium (17-610) at 4th period
TARGET AUDIENCE: IE students and any other interested parties who love live theater

Download a comic version of ‘A Hound of the Baskervilles’ and try reading it before the performance. [Click on the image below.]

You might also prepare your students for the performance by having them perform this dramatization of the story.

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Special Lecture on Animal Protection

The speaker, Airi Yamawaki, will show movie clips and photo images from her organization’s activities in both Kenya and Japan. She will talk about how complex it is to protect wildlife, especially a species like the African Elephant, where some countries justify traditional use whilst ivory is being traded for easy cash by criminal syndicates and terrorist groups. One of the documentary films she initiated shows that some of the ivory from Kenya was being smuggled by Islamic extremists. She will also talk about the ongoing efforts by her organization in Kenya to work with local communities and tribes, such as the Maasai, to protect wildlife.

Airi Yamawaki is a producer who is adamant about wildlife conservation because of her unique background. She grew up in South Africa. After graduating university, she spent the next decade filming African stories, covering such personalities and topics as Nelson Mandela and lions that hunt elephants. 2011 was the turning point for her. 10% of the world’s African Elephant population was lost in that year to poaching and habitat loss. She was inspired to start the NGO “Tears of the African Elephant” and, ever since, she has been involved in various efforts to resolve Japan’s ivory issue and to protect the elephants from poaching and illegal trade.

EVENT: Talk on impact of global consumption of wildlife products on African people/wildlife
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018; 13:20~14:50–3rd Period
WHERE: Room 940–Fourth Floor of Bulding 9 on the Aoyama Campus of Aoyama Gakuin University Click here.
LANGUAGE: English (without Japanese interpretation)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone who cares about animals and about their future on this planet.
WHAT TO PREPARE: Prepare by accessing the home pages of WildAid and Tears of the African Elephant

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