Japan focus of university program Oct. 22
is the focus of a film and presentations Oct. 22 as part of Shippensburg
University’s International Education Week program “A Departure to Japan.”
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.
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.
short lectures will follow the film:
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.
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.
is a list of all events for the week. All events are open to the public and are free unless
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
- 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.