Given the recent global trend of “Social Disconnect,” we believe that the Fulbright mission to enhance mutual understanding between different cultures is an idea worth spreading. Thus, we are hosting a TEDxFulbright event themed “Connect the World.”
Alisa Freedman- How female exchange students shaped Japan’s postwar development
Alisa Freedman is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. In 2017-2018, she has been a Japan Foundation Research Fellow at Waseda University. Her books include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road, an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, and co-edited volumes on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan and Introducing Japanese Popular Culture (Routledge). She has published more than twenty articles and book chapters on Japanese modernism, Tokyo studies, youth culture, gender, television, humor as social critique, teaching pedagogies, and intersections of print and digital media, along with publishing translations of Japanese literature. Since spring 2016, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S-Japan Women’s Journal. In addition, Alisa has been nationally recognized for excellence in mentoring (NACADA Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising, 2017).
Eisuke Sakakibara- Youth in Japan discover the world
Eisuke Sakakibara is a professor of Economics at Aoyama Gakuin University. He was born in 1941, earned his BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Michigan in 1969. He Joined the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in 1965, IMF as an economist in 1971, Harvard University as a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, International Finance Bureau of the MOF as a Director-General in 1995. He became a vice minister of Finance for International Affairs of the MOF in 1997, a professor at Keio University in 1999, and a professor at Waseda University in 2006.
Hiromi Horie- What the story of "Mother of Refugees" tells us
Hiromi Horie started her career as a reporter for the Chugoku Newspaper based in Hiroshima covering refugee and other global issues in local communities. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She earned her Master's Degree from New York University. She has extensive experience in writing and editing news articles on globalization of goods and people. She is a qualified yoga instructor.
To watch the complete series from this event please visit the TEDxFulbrightTokyo website.