WHEN & WHERE: Sept. 21 ~ 23 2019 イタリア文化会館 / Italian Culture Center;
Sept 28, 2019 グローバルフェスタ / Global Festa JAPAN2019 at Odaiba;
Oct. 4 & 5 2019文京シビックホール 小ホール / Bunkyo Civic Hall

COST: FREE (donations gratefully accepted)

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The UNHCR Refugee Film Festival has been rebranded this year as UNHCR WILL2LIVE Cinema 2019. Presently, 70.8 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides necessary assistance to these displaced people and tries to insure that no one is left without a safe haven.

The films shown this year will focus on the will of refugees to survive and overcome obstacles. It is important to realize that anyone may be faced with such difficulties without warning due to climate change disruptions, war, natural disasters, or civil unrest. Films featuring the unbroken spirit of refugees have been intentionally chosen for this year’s lineup. The festival will take place this year from September 21 to October 14, 2019 at venues in both Tokyo and Nagoya.

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Ocean Day Event at AGU

Three speakers–a professional surfer (Wako Dai); an organizer of the Yokonori Nippon Film Festival (Kenmochi Ryosuke), a festival featuring films that celebrate surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding; and a marine researcher (Kyo Masanori) will speak about their love of surfing, the oceans, and the importance of environmental awareness and activism. These talks will be in Japanese.

EVENT: The Beach is Open, at Aoyama
WHEN: July 15, 2019 (Monday–Ocean Day), 19:00 ~ 20:30
WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University; Aoyama Campus; 青山学院大学 本多記念国際会議場 Building 17 6th floor Click here.
LANGUAGE: Japanese (without interpretation)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in the ocean, nature, environmental issues, and surfing

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Lecture on Improving Japan’s Economy

Professor Takatoshi Ito, will try to answer such important questions as “What is Japan’s place today amongst the leading global economies?” and “Will the Tokyo Olympics next year stimulate the economy?” and “What have we learned from Abenomics?” Through a conversation with Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry, the UNU Chief of Staff, the recent reforms that Japan’s economy has been undergoing will be evaluated and explored.

EVENT: “Reviving Japan’s Economy: The Role of Policy”
WHEN: June 25, 2019 (Tuesday), 18:30 PM ~ 19:30 PM
WHERE: 2F Reception Hall at United Nations University Headquarters; Across street from AGU. Click here.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in economics and the future of Japan’s economy.
REGISTRATION NECESSARY: https://tinyurl.com/y64c8m2j


Takatoshi Ito is a Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and Senior Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He has taught in the United States and Japan since finishing his PhD in economics at Harvard University.

See a more detailed bio of Prof. Takatoshi Ito at: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/cjeb/ito

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Talk on Sexual Justice and Citizenship

This lecture will trace black women’s resistance to sexual violence during the transition from slavery to freedom and reveals how their claims for sexual justice informed national debates about the meanings of freedom and citizenship. Black women’s relentless defense of themselves under impossible circumstances informed not only the anti-slavery discourse espoused by abolitionists, but also influenced the Republican party’s vision of racial equality from the 1850s until the end of Reconstruction.

Taken together, black women’s radical and often violent campaigns for sexual justice and Republican ideas about legal equality for free blacks (and fugitive slaves), reveals the emergence of a new sexual citizenship that culminated during the Civil War, when black women gained the right to withhold consent and to legally testify as victims of sexual assault under military law.

During Reconstruction, however, as Republican governments lost political power in the South, black women lost hard won rights of legal protection as “nightriders” and klansmen raped and sexually brutalized black women all over the south. Once again denied their right to testify and legal protection against white men’s sexual assaults, black women, such as Ida B. Wells, turned to the press and organized for sexual justice as a right of citizenship.

EVENT: Talk–“What if I am A Woman”: Black Women’s Campaigns for Sexual Justice
WHEN: June 25, 2019 (Tuesday), 16:50 PM ~ 18:10 PM (5th period)
WHERE: Aoyama Gakuin University; Aoyama Campus; Building 17, Room 411 (On 4th Floor) Click here.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in social justice, gender issues, and how history collides with present-day problems.


Crystal N. Feimster, a native of North Carolina, is an associate professor in the departments of African American Studies and History and the programs of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, where she teaches a range of courses in 19th and 20th century African American history, women’s history, and southern history. She is the author of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, a history of how black and white women in the US South were affected by, and responded to, the problems of rape and lynching in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Feimster has received numerous teaching and mentor awards at Yale and is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

Learn something more about Prof. Feimster’s work by checking out some of her publications: https://tinyurl.com/y4tc6uz6.

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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: https://densho.org/.

NOTE: Toward the end of the lecture a feedback sheet was distributed. On that sheet, students could write questions that they may not have had time to ask Dr. Rooks during the lecture. All of those questions were subsequently compiled and sent to Dr. Rooks. He painstakingly answered all of the questions and sent his responses back to us. Here are the answers in their entirety: Responses to Student Questions

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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 940 (On 4th Floor) Click here. [Notice that the room changed from 921 to 940!]
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.

https://www.bbc.com/ [article and film clips in Japanese]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/ [article in English]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b8cfcj [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: https://unu.edu/events/upcoming/ .

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!

Register for the talk at: https://connections.unu.edu/civicrm/event/register?id=428&reset=1 .

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/246117192982676/.

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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