Global Alumni Speaker Series

The Global Alumni Speaker Series is an opportunity for alumni and students to learn about the inspiring work and lives of ICU alumni, and to engage in meaningful dialogue. Each of the online sessions will feature an ICU alum who lives or has lived outside of Japan or who has pursued a career that is global in nature. Sessions will be open to students and alumni, and registration is required.

Each session will begin with a 15 minute presentation by the featured alum, followed by 45 minutes of moderated Q&A dialogue. JICUF hopes this will be an opportunity for students and alumni to connect and learn valuable lessons from one another. Session attendance limits may vary by session.

Registration is required to attend!

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David & Zenora Rackham
Postponed until fall

Professor Emeritus David Rackham and Mrs. Zenora Rackham lived and worked at ICU from 1984 to 2012. David was a professor of psychology and education at ICU and from 2002-2010 served as the Director of the Institute for Educational Research and Services. Zenora was a long-time counselor for ICU students and also taught part-time at the ICU High School. David and Zenora resided on campus with their children, and frequently opened their doors to ICU students and members of the campus community. They currently reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Past Sessions

2021 July~Dec

Session 15 (7/16/21): Yoshito Dobashi

Yoshito Dobashi graduated from ICU in 1991 with a major in sociology and enjoyed university life as a member of the Second Men’s Dorm, the rugby football club and the handbell club. He has worked for Sanwa Bank (now Mitsubishi UFJ Bank), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). While serving as a rural development advisor for the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) in Fiji, he was involved in a car accident that left him with a disability. After attending the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School (IDEAS), he earned a master’s degree in development studies at  the University of Manchester in the U.K. In 2017, he enrolled in Utsunomiya University Graduate School of Engineering, where he obtained his doctoral degree and is now a visiting professor.

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