The Tokyo International Players (TIP) will be performing an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from May 18th – 21st. Some IE teachers may be incorporating the novel, and the dramatization of it, into the curriculum, either going to see the play as a group or offering it as an optional “outing.”
Xreading, the online reading platform used in the IE Program at the IE I and II levels, has four extensive readers based on Pride and Prejudice, which range from 1000-2100 headwords. Students are advised to read a version of the novel that fits their “comfortable” reading level before going to see the play. As the university has a site license to use Xreading, any student in the English Department who wishes to use it (even if the program is not used in their IE classes or if they’ve graduated out of the IE Program) should inform Ms. Oshima at the English Department office (9th Floor of Goucher Hall).
The Tokyo International Players (TIP) was founded in 1896. Its members have mainly been made up of talent from the Tokyo foreign community, but Japanese cast members and supporting staff have also played key roles.
The organization, 100% volunteer-run, provides quality English-language entertainment for international audiences. Over its long history, many active members have appeared in professional theatre in Japan and abroad.
TIP is always looking for new on-stage talent, directors, designers, and backstage crew, as well as people to support their various front-of-house, fundraising, and promotional activities. They consider enthusiasm, energy, and a fun-loving nature to be more important than experience.
We are pleased to welcome back Prof. Gregory Strong, formerly a co-coordinator of the IE Program, for a special talk open to all IE Program students and teachers.
EVENT: Lecture titled “Writing to You” WHEN:May 25, 2023 (Thursday), 4th period — from 15:05 WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University Campus (Shibuya); Room 930 LANGUAGE: English TARGET AUDIENCE: All IE Program students and teachers (and any other interested parties)
Description of Talk:
What’s “writing to you”? A course assignment? A text or even a letter someone is “writing to you?” But what about the transmission, historic and cultural, of “writing to you”?
We rarely think about how much knowledge we hold in our hand in the act of writing or what we’re doing when we’re learning to read and write. Yet the goal of education everywhere is to teach people how to read their language. Writing is “an everyday miracle” which you and I access and that some estimates place at least 45,000 years after homo sapiens learned to speak. Some suggest that speaking began much sooner among early humans and that writing might have developed 1.9 million years later!
This lecture will track the history of writing from its origins in the distant past to the present, moving around the world, illustrated with photos like the stele with Hammurabi’s code in the Louvre, or the Gutenberg Bible at Keio University, one of less than 150 copies still extant.
We will move from Sumerian cuneiform to Egyptian hieroglyphics and technologies associated with it such as the Roman stylus and wax tablet, papyrus to paper and the quill, the pencil and the ballpoint pen, the Qwerty keyboard and several media such as the book, and the newspaper, and the blog, and some issues with each such as fair representation and accountability. (There will be a handout with vocabulary and several interactive parts to the lecture: students will share a cuneiform message, and compete to make words out of moveable type).
Gregory Strong is a retired professor from the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo where he co-directed the Integrated English Program. His extensive publications include academic research, biography, and fiction. His theatre pieces have been performed, most recently, Tom Thomson Is Missing for the 2022 Vancouver Fringe Theatre Festival.
Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, an inspiring lecturer who has spoken on two occasions at AGU, will be the keynote speaker at a free talk on March 9th at the International House of Japan. His speech will be about solidarity between Japanese-Americans and other minority communities, referring to case studies from research projects on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
EVENT: Reflections from Japanese Americans on today’s drive for diversity and inclusion WHEN:March 9, 2023 (Thursday), 16:00~18:00 WHERE: International House of Japan; Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall Click here. LANGUAGE: English & Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation) TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in diversity, inclusion, and Japanese American affairs.
Born in Kanagawa Japan to a native Japanese mother and African American father, 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 Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Takada Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University.
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In this talk, given by the talented and versatile Nadia McKechnie, we will look at what it means to be vegan, how popular veganism is becoming, and the reasons driving the global vegan trend, particularly among millennials. How a shift to a vegan lifestyle can help us meet SDGs (the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals), as well as lower the risk of future pandemics, will also be covered.
So, in the course of this talk you will find answers to such questions as:
What does it mean to be vegan?
Just how popular is veganism?
What is the reason behind the global vegan trend?
How can a vegan lifestyle help us meet SDG goals?
What is the connection between being vegan and preventing future pandemics?
TITLE: Vegan and SDGs: Is it time to go vegan? WHEN:December 1, 2022 (Thursday), 13:20~14:50 (3rd period) WHERE: AGU; Aoyama Campus; Room 910 (1st floor of Building 9) Click here. LANGUAGE: English TARGET AUDIENCE: All English Department IE students and any other interested students and faculty. individuals from outside of the university are also welcome.
Write questions that you would like to ask Nadia usingTHIS FORM.
Biography of Nadia McKechnie
Originally from London UK, Nadia McKechnie has been involved in the Japan vegan scene since 2013 as the organizer of Tokyo Vegan Meetup–the biggest vegan event group in Japan with over 8,700 members. (Winner of The Japan Vegetarian award for best vegan community group in 2019.)
Nadia is an active member of the Veggy Council Japan, a bipartisan committee of lawmakers and vegan-interested groups set up in 2019, in the Japan government, with the aim of making Japan more vegan-friendly.
To be better prepared for the event, learn a bit about the connection between what we eat and the environment by watching this video:
Rachael Lucas will also speak briefly during this session about her efforts to help both Japanese and foreign residents of Japan accurately identify what food items are vegan, which is not as easy a task as you might imagine it to be. Alex Derycz and Rachael Lucas will join Nadia on the stage for a panel discussion at the end of the talk.
Biography of Rachael Lucas
She has lived in Japan for 15 out of the last 17 years. Originally from California, USA, Rachael Lucas has been involved in the Japan vegan scene since 2018 as content creator for the website Is it Vegan? (Japan), one of the largest English-language vegan websites in the country, with more than 100,000 pageviews annually. It introduces vegan food products, ingredients, personal care products, and more.
She also shares information about veganism as administrator of Facebookgroups and on Instagram, as well as by writing articles. Apart from her vegan activities, Rachael spends her free time helping stray cats and picking up garbage in her neighborhood.
Biography of Alex Derycz
Alex Derycz is currently working as a vegan/sustainable lifestyle influencer to help promote plant-based diets in a fun and accessible way for Japanese audiences. He moved to Japan 5 years ago after graduating from UCLA and speaks 5 languages.
Wishing to give back to his country, Nepal, Sharad Rai founded YouMe School in his remote village in Nepal in 2011. The organization he founded built a second school in 2017. Currently, there are more than 500 students studying in those schools. Some children have to commute on foot more than four hours every day to get to the school. Still, they are determined to attend YouMe School. Sharad Rai finds that there is nothing more exciting or fulfilling than shaping the future of young children. He will be sharing his story of building schools in Nepal and how his organization is shaping the future of kids in his village through education.
TITLE: Giving back to one’s country by building schools in Nepal: Sharad Rai’s story of the founding and actions of YouMe Nepal WHEN:December 6, 2022 (Tuesday), 13:20~14:50 (3rd period) WHERE: AGU; Aoyama Campus; Room 922 (2nd Fl of Building 9) Click here. LANGUAGE: English TARGET AUDIENCE: All English Department IE students and any other interested students and faculty. individuals from outside of the university are also welcome.
Write questions that you would like to ask Mr. Rai using THIS FORM.
Sharad Rai is the founder and president of the non-profit organization YouMe Nepal, which has directly touched the lives of more than 25,000 kids all over Nepal. He is also the founder and CEO of asha & company and TERAKOYA Academia.
Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks’ lecture incorporates a diasporic multicultural Japanese American history and experience through the lens of his wife’s pioneer family (she is a Sansei; third generation Japanese American), his family (an interracial “War Bride” family) and his intersectional family linking multiple communities within and outside the Japanese American community. In particular, Dr. Takada Rooks examines the notions of ethnic community revitalization, retention and resilience in the face of the challenges of COVID-19 and racial unrest. 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:December 9, 2022 (Friday), 13:20~14:50 (3rd period) WHERE: AGU; Aoyama Campus; 17-311 (3rd Fl of Building 17) Click here. LANGUAGE: English TARGET AUDIENCE: All English Department IE students and any other interested students and faculty. individuals from outside of the university are also welcome.
Prepare questions for Dr. Rooks by clicking onTHIS FORM.
Born in Kanagawa Japan to a native Japanese mother and African American father, 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. Takada 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 Asian American and Pacific Islander civic engagement, cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development. Current projects include an examination of AAPI community civic engagement organizations’ multilateral responses to COVID-19, the racial unrest in the wake the murder of George Floyd, and voter participation. 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: https://densho.org/.
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Just across the street from Aoyama Gakuin University is another university that serves as a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization, the United Nations University. This unique university is meant to serve as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.
The UN University frequently hosts public lectures and symposia for the general public on topics of general interest. On September 28th, from 18:30 – 19:30, the UN University will host a talk entitled “India at 75”, a Conversation with Prof. Marie Lall.” To attend, you’ll need to register at https://unu.edu/events/upcoming/india-at-75-a-conversation-with-prof-marie-lall.html. There will be a reception afterwards where you can speak to participants casually and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages.
EnglishCentral, a Global IT company for English language education, is offering a short-term paid internship program in the Summer of 2022. The web services provided by EnglishCentral are being used in the English Department’s Integrated English Program and in classes at other departments at AGU.
EnglishCentral holds internship programs every year in spring and summer, and this summer it is scheduled from Monday, August 29th to Friday, September 9th. By joining the internship program for 10 days, not only can students take part in helping out with the company’s tasks, but they can also get to know the atmosphere and the corporate culture of a venture company.
The duties include taking part in the company’s tasks such as checking the contents of videos used for educational purposes, getting involved in projects where you can plan, produce and present your own videos and, possibly, manage the operation of the company’s social media. By working online or offline with other interns from all over Japan, students can increase their independent thinking and teamwork skills.
In addition, by using the same communication tools (Skype, Zoom, Google Meets) and services (Google Docs, Google Sheets) as our employees, the interns can develop their basic PC skills which will be useful in the future. We also believe that our internship program—which has students thinking and allocating time for their tasks by themselves— gives them room to improve their multi-tasking skills as well.
Four speakers, 2 from JALT’s Lifelong Language Learning Special Interest Group and 2 from JALT’s Accessibility in Language Learning Special Interest Group, will speak about how to accommodate neurodiverse students through technology and other means, issues related to retirement planning, and continuing lifelong learning into one’s “retirement” years.
EVENT: Joint Mini Conference of JALT’s Accessibility in Language Learning & Lifelong Language Learning Special Interest Groups WHEN: February 26, 2022 (Saturday), (10:00~13:20) WHERE: Online (through Zoom); access the RSVP form HERE. LANGUAGE: English TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in lifelong language learning or neurodiversity.
[Times listed according to Japan Standard Time (JST)]
10:00 – 10:05 — Intro and Welcome [Zoom Room open from 9:50]
10:10 – 10:50 — Educators’ Retirement Planning: Pensions and Other Income (Gregory Strong)
An organization working to stop human trafficking and modern slavery, Not For Sale Japan, will be holding an online event (in English) in the evening of January 19, 2022 (Wed.) on the theme “Modern Slavery: Measuring a Hidden Problem.” Full details about the event can be found at: http://notforsalejapan.org/en/news/202112/896.
Their guest speakers, Ms. Brittany Quy and Ms. Elly Williams, work for Walk Free (Australia). They estimate that there are 40.3 million people living in modern slavery worldwide. The presenters will discuss how the scale of modern slavery can be measured and what modern slavery looks like in Japan and Australia. In addition, they will explore how COVID-19 has impacted the situation.
EVENT: Modern Slavery: Measuring a Hidden Problem SPEAKERS: Brittany Quy & Elly Williams WHEN: January 19, 2022 (Wed.) 19:00-20:30 WHERE: Online (Zoom) LANGUAGE: Mainly English (Japanese can also be used in Q&A) TARGET AUDIENCE: IE students and any other interested parties RESERVATION: Use the link below to fill in the reservation form. They will send the Zoom link to your email address 2 hours prior to the event: https://forms.gle/K33UpQggmMbhr5yz7
《Guest Speakers’ Bios》
Ms. Brittany Quy is a Research and Policy Officer at Walk Free, an international human rights organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. Brittany focuses on researching modern slavery in the Asia Pacific region, and contributes to Walk Free’s flagship publication, the Global Slavery Index, which assesses country-level prevalence, vulnerability, and government responses to modern slavery. Brittany holds a Master of International Relations and a Master of International Law, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Ms. Elly Williams is a Research Analyst at Walk Free, an international human rights organisation working to accelerate the end of all forms of modern slavery. Elly contributes to Walk Free’s quantitative and qualitative research with input into the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery and Global Slavery Index. Elly is passionate about providing an evidence base for modern slavery across the globe, and leads Walk Free’s research engagement in the Africa region. Elly holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Western Australia.
Walk Free is an international human rights group dedicated to accelerating the end of modern slavery in all its forms. Through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement, and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs, communities, and governments around the world, they work to address modern slavery and dismantle its core drivers.
Sponsored by Not For Sale Japan, which works on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, NFSJ Cafe is a casual learning experience where interested participants and NFSJ staff talk about a theme or watch a film over a cup of tea.
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