Japan focus of university program Oct. 22

Japan is the focus of a film and presentations Oct. 22 as part of Shippensburg University’s International Education Week program “A Departure to Japan.”

iewlogoThe events, free and open to the public, are in Grove Hall Forum. Sponsors are the International Studies Program, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of International Programs and the Foreign Film Club.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with the showing of the film Departures. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2009. When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown in Japan. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job in a funeral parlor. While working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living. Considering that death is a sensitive subject in Japan, the film was a surprise commercial success. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Two short lectures will follow the film:

  • Dr. Cynthia Drenovsky, professor of sociology and anthropology Department, will present “Sociology of Death in Japan and America.” Her presentation will compare perceptions of death in the two countries.
  • Student Christopher Piper will present “Studying in Japan: A Ship Student’s Perspective.” Piper will describe what is it like to study abroad in Tokyo. He also will provide insight into how the Japanese have dealt with tragedies related to the recent tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

Following is a list of all events for the week. All events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise noted.

  • Oct. 22: Study Abroad Fair, Ceddia Union Building, 2 to 5 p.m. Representatives from study abroad programs as well as Shippensburg students who studied abroad will answer questions.
  • Oct. 23: Immersion Afternoon, Rowland Hall 100, 101, 103, 106, 117, 209, and Shearer Hall 107 and 109, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Spend an afternoon experiencing world cultures. Interact with faculty and students who are experts on these countries. Study Abroad: Where Did You Go, What Did You Do & Would You Do It Again? Orndorff Theater, CUB, 7 p.m. Students will discuss their personal overseas study and travel experiences to countries including the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Senegal. Moderated by Dr. Gretchen Pierce, assistant professor of history and Dr. Mark Sachleben, associate professor of political science.
  • Oct. 24: International Foods Night, Reisner Dining Hall, 4 to 7 p.m. Nine different food stations will feature ethnic foods from all over the world including the countries of Central America, Italy, Indonesia, Russia, Northern Africa and the United Kingdom. Cost is $9 for members of the Ship community and the public.
  • Oct. 25: Ship World Party: A Taste of the World at SHIP, Tuscarora Room Reisner Dining Hall, 3:30 to 5 p.m. The event will feature a variety of different international dances as well as displays and crafts from countries including the Dominican Republic, France, Japan, and more. Ethnic foods will be available for sampling, and children are welcome to attend. The program is coordinated by students from Social Work Class 370.

The overall week is sponsored by the Department of International Studies and the Office of International Programs.