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J-CENTER

J-CONFERENCE
Fostering Japanese Culture in the American Midwest
SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2012
DRAKE UNIVERSITY | DES MOINES, IOWA
PRESENTED BY
FUNDED BY
U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPL MACY
A DIVISION OF CDC DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
WELCOME to this two-day event aimed at fostering relationships between Japan and the American
Midwest. The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) — a non-profit organization established to
promote opportunities for all Americans to be citizen diplomats — is honored to host you.
In March of 2011, the USCCD received a three-year grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global
Partnership (CGP) to establish a J-Center that increases access to Japanese society and culture in areas
of the United States where such access has historically been limited. To achieve this goal, a J-Center
was established at USCCD headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, to identify, network, and promote
organizations that offer programming opportunities related to Japanese culture, language, and history
in the American Midwest.
National and regional leaders assembled for this conference all are dedicated to expanding Japanese
culture and language in our communities and classrooms. Keynote addresses will speak to the
importance of U.S.-Japan relations, while leaders from K-12, Higher Ed, Community Exchanges, and
Culture & The Arts will report on the state of their respective fields.
Working sessions will produce content for a conference report that provides a snapshot of the current
state of affairs in each sector, case studies of best practices, goals for the future, and recommendations
for how the J-Center can help further the work of more than 300 organizations in the region dedicated
to U.S.-Japan relations.
Thank you for joining us and being a part of this important work.
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu,
David Roe Ann Olsen Schodde Matt Clark
FORMER CHAIR OF THE BOARD | USCCD PRESIDENT | USCCD DIRECTOR | J-CENTER
“The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of a system in the Asia Pacific
that has underwritten peace, stability, and prosperity for decades.
We believe that this relationship is not only strategic, not only economic,
not only political; we believe it is a noble cause, and it’s one that we are
absolutely committed to.” SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
TARA SONENSHINE was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
and Public Affairs on April 5, 2012. She was formerly Executive Vice President of the
United States Institute of Peace. Sonenshine served in various capacities at the White
House during the Clinton Administration, including Transition Director and Director of
Foreign Policy Planning for the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the
President and Deputy Director of Communications for the NSC. Sonenshine has had a
distinguished career in communications and government, with high-level experience in
broadcast, print, and online media. She is the recipient of 10 News Emmy Awards and
other awards in journalism for broadcast programs on domestic and international issues.
NORMAN MINETA is Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton based in its Washington, DC
office. He is recognized for his expertise in transportation and national security, as well
as accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign
and domestic trade, the environment, budgetary issues and civil rights. Secretary Mineta
served in Congress for over 20 years and in the Cabinets of both Republican and
Democratic presidents. For almost 30 years, Mineta represented San Jose, California,
first on the City Council, then as Mayor and from 1975–1995 as a Member of Congress.
Secretary Mineta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor
in the U.S., and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, awarded for significant public
service of enduring value to aviation in the U.S.
ROBERT KARR JR. is Of Counsel at Jones Day Law Firm in Chicago, advising
corporations on developing and executing their global expansion plans. Most recently
Karr served for two years as in-house counsel in Tokyo at a Japanese Fortune Global
500 client. Prior to his law career, he was the first American employee of a major
Japanese construction company in Tokyo. Karr has served as chairman of the board of
the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, member of the Chicago 2016 Olympic
Committee, and board member of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association. He also served
as an advisor for the Osaka City Revitalization Committee and is currently the
Executive Vice President of the Japan-America Society of Chicago.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
SIGN-IN | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
GREETINGS
Matt Clark | Director, J-Center
WELCOME
Ann Olsen Schodde | President, USCCD
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Importance of the U.S.-Japan Relationship
The Honorable Norman Mineta | Vice Chair, Hill & Knowlton
BREAK
Refreshments provided
SECTOR LEADERS PANEL
State of K-12 | Edwin Gragert
State of Higher Education | Stephen Nussbaum
State of Community Exchanges | Nancy Huppert
State of Culture & The Arts | Peter Kelley
Q&A WITH SECTOR LEADER PANEL
LUNCH Rebuilding Tohoku
Satoshi Kitahama | Director, Kizuna Foundation
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Culture & The Arts

Community Exchanges

K-12 Education

Higher Ed

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Panelists and participants reconvene in their respective conference rooms (see Session 1)

BREAK
Time to relax, chat informally, or return to hotel before dinner
RECEPTION
Hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
8:00 – 8:45
Upper Olmsted Foyer
9:00
Parents Hall South
9:15
Parents Hall South
9:30 – 10:00
Parents Hall South
10:00 – 10:15
Upper Olmsted Foyer
10:20 – 11:40
Parents Hall North
10:20 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:20
11:20 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:15
12:30 – 1:30
Parents Hall North
1:40 – 2:50
CR 310
CR 311
CR 312
CR 313
3:00 – 4:15

4:30 – 5:30
5:30 – 6:30
Upper Olmsted Mezzanine
PROGRAM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SCHEDULE
PROGRAM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
DINNER PROGRAM
INTRODUCTION
Global Citizenship on the American College Campus
David Maxwell | President, Drake University
SPEECH
Global Citizens: A Sustainable Resource for the 21st Century
Tara Sonenshine | Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
GREETINGS
David Roe | Former Chair of the Board, USCCD
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Panelists and participants reconvene in their respective conference rooms (see Session 1)
BREAK
Refreshments provided
BREAKOUT SESSION 4
K-12 + Higher Ed together (in CR 310)
Community Exchanges + Culture & the Arts together (in CR 312)
LUNCH Investing in the J-Center
Noriko Yamamoto | Program Director, Japan Foundation CGP
BREAKOUT SESSION 5
K-12 + Community Exchanges together (in CR 310)
Higher Ed + Culture & The Arts together (CR 312)
SECTOR REPORTS
Report from K-12 | Edwin Gragert
Report from Higher Education | Stephen Nussbaum
Report from Community Exchanges | Nancy Huppert
Report from Culture & The Arts | Peter Kelley
CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Next Generation of Japanese Culture & Education in the American Midwest
Robert Karr Jr. | Of Counsel, Jones Day Law Firm
THANK YOU
Matt Clark | Director, J-Center
6:30 – 8:30
Parents Hall North
8:00 – 8:45
Upper Olmsted Foyer
9:00
Parents Hall South
9:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:00
12:15 – 1:15
1:30 – 2:15
2:30 – 3:30
Parents Hall South
2:30 – 2:45
2:45 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00
Parents Hall South
4:00
Parents Hall South
K-12
Teachers, administrators,
curriculum developers, and
specialists in international
education will focus
on classroom content at the
primary and secondary level.
HIGHER ED
Colleges and universities with
strong Japanese programs
will outline their department
operations while consortium staff
members explain the power of
networked schools.
COMMMUNITY EXCHANGES
Leaders from non-profit
organizations and Sister City /
Sister State committees will join
experts in international programs
to focus on ways to grow two-
way exchange initiatives.
CULTURE & THE ARTS
Grant-making organizations,
artist associations, and Japan-
America Society state chapters
will discuss ongoing efforts to
foster Japanese culture across the
country in local communities.
WORKING GROUP PANELISTS SECTOR LEADERS
DAN CAROLIN AP Japanese Language & Culture Exam Committee
DEBORAH CUNNINGHAM Primary Source
NAOMI FUNAHASHI SPICE at Stanford University
SACHIKO MURPHY Des Moines Public Schools
YOKO TAKAGI JEARN
LINDA WOJTAN National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
*RENEE SHULL HARMON Des Moines Business/Education Alliance
LIZ BERGERON Community Colleges for International Development
TOKO IGARASHI Joetsu University of Education
GINGER MARCUS Washington University
TOM MASON ALLEX Foundation
KATE SIMON Japan Center for Michigan Universities
DOWNING THOMAS University of Iowa
*KIRK MARTIN Drake University
ANNA CABLE U.S.-Japan Council
THERESA HIGGS United Planet
SATOSHI KITHAMA Kizuna Foundation
FRANCIS LEMERY Honorary Consul General of Japan at Kansas City
MARI MARUYAMA The Laurasian Institution
KATHEE MCDONALD Michigan-Shiga Exchange at MSU
*CAROL GRANT Iowa Sister States
YUME HIDAKA Japan Outreach Initiative
RENAY LOPER Japan Foundation CGP
KIYO MATSUYAMA Japan-America Society of Iowa
ANNE PRESCOTT Japan Artists Information Directory
PATRICIA THORNTON Concordia Language Villages
DANIEL WOJCIK Anime Iowa
*ELLEN YEE Iowa Asian Alliance
The conference agenda is designed to maximize discussion amongst leaders in the field.
A majority of participants’ time will be spent in working sessions based on the sectors outlined
below. Leaders from each sector will begin the sessions by making a brief presentation
of their work, and a facilitator* in each room will invite conversation while working on a
predetermined outline.
WORKING GROUP PANELISTS SECTOR LEADERS
EDWIN GRAGERT is the founder of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education
and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications
technology and teacher professional development to facilitate online collaborative project-based
learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 other countries worldwide. Approximately
two million students work daily on collaborative projects through iEARN. He was previously
the Executive Director of ICYE&US, and also served on the staff of the International Relations
Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
STEPHEN NUSSBAUM is the Director of Student International Academic Affairs and the Study
Abroad Office at the University of Illinois, which boasts among the largest and most diverse
education abroad portfolios in the United States. Well over 2,000 students participate in
more than 200 programs located in 60 countries around the world. Throughout his career
Nussbaum has been active in building networks to support international education, first at
Earlham College, where he arranged faculty and student exchanges, and later in several roles
at Waseda University in Tokyo. Nussbaum completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Cornell
University with minor fields in East Asian Linguistics and Japanese Studies.
NANCY HUPPERT is the Global Envoy for Sister Cities International (SCI). She represents
SCI at international conferences, meetings and embassies to disseminate information and
support new global relationships. Prior to holding this position, Huppert served in local and
state sister city positions for more than 14 years. She has lectured locally, nationally and
internationally on both innovative education programs and sister cities activities. She is
the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed
by the United Nations.
PETER KELLEY is President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS).
He has worked with Japan in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. From 1985–2003,
he worked for Teradyne, Inc., a Boston-based supplier of semiconductor test equipment,
spending five years each in Japan and Europe and establishing the company’s Connection
Systems Division in Japan. From 2004–2009, he was Executive Director of the Harvard-
Yenching Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an independent foundation dedicated to
the promotion of the humanities in higher education in Asia.
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J-CENTER
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The J-Center at the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy
(USCCD) was established with grant funds from the Japan
Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).
The USCCD is proud to work with the CGP toward achieving
shared goals of strengthening the global U.S.-Japan
partnership and cultivating the next generation of leaders
necessary to sustain and grow this partnership.
U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPL MACY
A DIVISION OF CDC DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS