A scene from 2017 Minato Citizen's University

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) will host “2018 Minato Citizen’s University,” an annual public lecture series. It is the only series held in English among those held at universities within Minato City. TUJ has organized this series as a recurring part of a collaborative project with the city. Approximately 2,500 people have attended since 2007.

This year’s lectures, on the theme of “Community,” will examine the state of modern society as rapid technological development and globalization have changed the nature of our communities while expanding the meaning of what a community can be. Five professors and guest speakers, including our dean, will each consider “community” from the perspective of their area of expertise.

Event Overview

2018 Minato Citizen’s University at Temple University, Japan Campus: “Community”

October 22, 24, 29, 31, November 5, 2018
19:00-20:30 (doors open at 18:30)
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 1F (Access)
2,500 yen for five lectures. (*Bank transfer prior to the first session is required. Non-refundable. TUJ will specify bank account details by e-mail.)
50 (first-come, first-served basis)
See more details and register via the event page.
※For media, contact tujpr@tuj.temple.edu by one day before each lecture date.

Lecture Lineup

Photo of Bruce Stronach

Lecture 1: Monday, October 22

The University as “A Community” and as Part of “The Community” in a Globalized World

Bruce Stronach, Dean, TUJ

Face photos of Irene Herrera and Rumi Ide

Lecture 2: Wednesday, October 24

Tackling the Issue of Food Waste in Japan

Irene Herrera, TUJ Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Profile)
Rumi Ide, Journalist, Expert on Food Loss

Face photo of George Miller

Lecture 3: Monday, October 29

A World Without Mass Media and the Impact on Communities

George Miller, TUJ Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Journalism

Face photo of Yuka Matsuhashi

Lecture 4: Wednesday, October 31

Finding Yourself in Your Community — the Importance of Cross-cultural Communication

Yuka Matsuhashi, TUJ Lecturer of Japanese Language (Profile)

Face photo of Mark Azzopardi

Lecture 5: Monday, November 5

Outsiders and the Community in American Art and Literature

Mark Azzopardi, TUJ Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage and Modern Literature (Profile)