Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), Showa Women’s University (SWU), and The British School in Tokyo (BST) will hold a joint symposium for the third consecutive year on June 24, 2023. This year’s symposium will explore the theme of technologies and their impact on improving the learning experience. Participants will engage in discussions on the possibilities of these innovations enhancing educational quality.

The event is aimed at gathering students from the three institutions, along with students from SWU High School, to discuss the future of Japan and the world to deepen their multicultural understanding.

Date and TimeJune 24, 2023 (Saturday) 13:00-16:20
LocationCosmos Hall of Showa Women’s University Address: 1-7-57 Taishido Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
LanguagesEnglish, Japanese (interpretation provided)
ProgramKeynote Speech
Yuko Itatsu, a professor of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo

Student Presentation Facilitator

Ryan Rashotte, an associate professor at Temple University, Japan Campus

Presentation Themes
1. The Metaverse: Exploring new learning opportunities and challenges presented by the development of the metaverse in global education.
2. Generative AI Tools: Unveiling the possibilities of generative AI tools like ChatGPT, while addressing limitations and ethical concerns surrounding their use.
3. Bridging Digital Divides: Examining the impact of technology in dividing the world and leading to inequality, and the crucial role of education in bridging the digital divide.


Yuko Itatsu is a professor of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She received her PhD in history from the University of Southern California, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Her interests are in the cultural and social histories of the U.S. and Japan in the early 20th century, as well as in leisure history and discourse, particularly of social minorities. She is the director of the University of Tokyo’s Institute for AI and Beyond, B’AI Global Forum.

Ryan Rashotte is an assistant professor of English and the director of Learning Support Services at TUJ. He also heads TUJ’s ChatGPT Teaching Circle, a research group that investigates the uses of generative AI in higher education. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Guelph and has a scholarly passion for Canadian and Latinx cinema. His debut book, Narco Cinema: Sex, Drugs, and Banda Music in Mexico’s B-Filmography, offers a comprehensive study of low-budget cross-border cinema. Rashotte is currently working on a monograph that examines notions of sovereignty in Canadian exploitation films.

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