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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto Addresses CULCON Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020


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The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee convened a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  Co-sponsored by the Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Forum took place Friday, November 20, 2015, in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art.

Since the Games of the XVIII Olympiad in Tokyo in 1964, Japanese art and architecture have attracted wide international audiences.  This forum examined the rise in popularity of these art forms and explored the directions that Japanese art is taking as the country prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

In addition to Mr. Sugimoto’s address, the agenda included a welcome by Dr. Louise Cort, representing the Freer/Sackler, remarks by Dr. Anne Morse and Mr. Masanori Aoyagi, co-chairs of the Arts Dialogue Committee; Dr. Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery, “Action and Reaction: Contemporary Art in Japan and the International reception since 1964.”; and Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima,University of Washington, and President-elect, Society of Architectural Historians, “Architectural Dialogues between Japan and the United States.”

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee was established at the 2010 CULCON plenary session to examine obstacles to artistic exchange between Japan and the United States and explore new areas of cooperation among artists.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CULCON Will Convene Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee will convene a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 2965/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  The Forum will take place Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.  A reception will follow from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Seating is Limited and Complimentary.  Kindly reserve by November 10. Any unreserved seats will be available, first come first serve on November 20.  Please reserve at this link:  https://www.greenvelope.com/event/Curating-Japan-CULCON-Nov-20.


Monday, August 10, 2015

CULCON Convenes 5th Summit of U.S.-Japan Organizations

The U.S. CULCON Secretariat hosted a fifth summit on August 8, 2015, attended by more than fifty participants from thirty organizations involved with U.S.-Japan exchanges. The focus of the meeting was the next 70 years of public diploIMG_9296macy between the two countries. Mr. Joseph Young, Director of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, discussed recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations and the significance of people-to-people exchanges. Deputy Assistant Secretary Robin Lerner, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, also joined the meeting and updated the gathering on an ECA initiative to establish an internship opportunity for Japanese youth in the U.S.

Of special note, among the participants at the summit were members of the newly formed board of directors of USJETAA, who were in Washington, D.C. to hold their first board meeting. Their contributions to the discussion and the information-gathering and interactions with other participants were all beneficial milestones in the quest to engage a younger constituency of U.S.-Japan specialists.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

USJBF, CULCON, and JUSFC holds Semi-Annual Meeting

IMG_1016On Monday, June 8, 2015, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Panel, and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) held semi-annual meetings in Washington, D.C. The three organizations strive to strengthen U.S.-Japan educational and cultural ties through innovative initiatives. Members discussed issues such as increasing U.S.-Japan student mobility, academic freedom and Japan Studies in the United States. Members also discussed ways to highlight the Commission’s 40th anniversary and its legacy of preparing Americans to assume future global leadership roles through U.S.-Japan people-to-people exchange.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ambassador Kennedy unveils TeamUp at NAFSA

On May 27, 2015 Ambassador Caroline Kennedy unveiled the TeamUp RoadMap in a plenary session address at the NAFSA conference in Boston. As the concern about the low level of student mobility between the United States and Japan continues, Ambassador Kennedy emphasized tailoring support for the different needs of today’s students. Strategic partnerships between institutions are particularly well-suited to address the variety of needs.

The TeamUp RoadMap is a web-based comprehensive guide developed by a binational team to promote student mobility of American and Japanese students through strategic institutional partnerships. The campaign is a CULCON-inspired project of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation with generous support of the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo. The campaign encourages and builds connections between American and Japanese institutions to foster relationships and mutual benefits in the long term.

NAFSA (Association of International Educators) is a national association dedicated to bringing together educators and professionals to promote international educational exchange. Approximately 5,000 international educators attended the ambassador’s speech. A part of the Ambassador’s speech can be found at here (United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at NAFSA 2015)


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