Find inspiration, Meet People from Around the World and the City at HJU

hju summer seminarHiroshima Jogakuin University is inviting the local community join the 50 visiting international guests and speakers from across 20 countries attending their Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar at a series of special ‘Evening Events’ (August 1-3).

For those who enjoy the performing arts, independent cinema and listening to inspiring speakers, these culturally rich evenings will be an oasis of stimulation – all open and free to the public. The ‘Evening Events’ Series is a special and unique aspect to the HJU Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar; an intensive international program designed especially for university students and young professionals from across the world who are interested in creating social impact and change by exploring global issues, peace (and conflict), and cultivating their leadership skills. It is a five week program composed of four intentionally sequenced program blocks: Virtual Classroom (online worldwide), The International Peace Seminar (here in Hiroshima!), Fieldwork (Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines) and Wrap Up (HJU), learn more on the eFORUM here. The International Peace Seminar in Hiroshima is a key and special component to the entire program.

Learn more and RSVP for free online here for any of the following evening events:

August 1, International Play Premier: Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence, the oral history play on Japanese Americans, is celebrating its 28th anniversary by performing in Hiroshima. The play, which is presented in Readers’ Theater style, dramatizes the experiences of three generations of Japanese Americans — from immigration at the turn of the century, through incarceration during WW II, to the post-war years of activism and redress. Nisei writer Nikki Nojima Louis, who as a child was imprisoned in Minidoka, Idaho, wrote the play in 1985 to benefit the civil disobedience case of Gordon Hirabayashi. More details here.

August 2, Short Film Festival
The Kyoto based Con-Can Movie Festival is an international short film competition and festival hosted online. It started seven years ago, and has been increasing in size every year with submissions from around the world. The Festival Curator, Hiroyuki Tanimoto, will be hand-picking a special selection of thought provoking, humorous, and visually engaging short films to be screened at Hiroshima Jogakuin University for the second annual Short Film Festival. Read more details here.

August 3, Telling Our Stories
The HJU Peace Seminar staff are huge fans of TED talks. So, they’ve decided to have their own version. With renowned speakers from different backgrounds and experiences in social change, there is no doubt that the presentations will be interesting and enlightening. Go here to see the speaker line up- including artists, activists, movers and shakers from Japan, the US, Middle East and more! More details here.


Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.