JICUF has been exploring ways to continue supporting the ICU community in a drastically changed environment. We are excited to announce three new initiatives: the Global Alumni Speakers Series, Japan and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Common Good Grant Project.
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ICU first year student Taiga Ogusu received a Student Activities Fund grant from JICUF in fall 2019. He and his group Entre organized an entrepreneurship event on February 7.
JICUF Executive Director Paul Hastings moved to Japan with his family this July and is currently living on the ICU campus. This is his report for his first fourth months at ICU.
On October 25th, JICUF and the ICU Rotary Peace Center hosted a Rethinking Peace book launch. The book emerges from Rethinking Peace Studies, a three-year project funded by JICUF, and the edited volume features 14 chapters written by authors who participated in one of the project.
ICU alumnus (‘61) Dr. Yasuyuki Horie and his late wife endowed the Horie Takematsu & Koh Scholarship at ICU several years ago. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a top student in the natural sciences. Dr. Horie, who currently lives in New Mexico, visited ICU for the first time in 58 years on Tuesday, September 24.
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation & Dialogue. Edited by Rutgers University’s Alexander Laban Hinton, and ICU’s Giorgio Shani and Jeremiah Alberg, Rethinking Peace marks the culmination of the Rethinking Peace Studies program.
ICU Confers an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, on Senator John Davison Rockefeller, IV
On Friday, March 15 ICU President Junko Hibiya conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on Senator John Davison Rockefeller, IV. The ceremony was held at the Old Ambassador’s Residence at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Naoya Johnson is a fourth-year student at ICU who studied abroad at Georgetown University during his third year. While at Georgetown, Naoya took a class titled “Making an Exoneree” in which students studied law by actively assisting the appeals of those in need. Through this class, Naoya and two other students helped exonerate Valentino Dixon, who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 27 years. Last December, JICUF Executive Director Paul Hastings had a chance to interview Naoya.
JICUF Executive Director Paul Hastings traveled to Turkey in early October to conduct interviews for the 2019 finalists of the Syrian Scholars Initiative. Here is his report.