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Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011

Community-campus response to crisis in Japan set for Wednesday at IU Bloomington

Teach-in and benefit to feature faculty experts, students and musicians

March 25, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and the Bloomington community have been shocked and saddened by the crisis in Japan resulting from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the resulting nuclear power plant emergency.

Japan Quake

As part of a campus- and community-wide relief effort, there will be a teach-in and benefit event Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 7 p.m. at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. The event, which will be free and open to the public, will feature IU faculty experts, students from the regions affected, and musicians from the Jacobs School of Music.

In addition to representatives from various organizations reporting on their fundraising efforts, the Japanese Student Association will have donation boxes on site.

"Many of our students, faculty and staff have close personal and scholarly ties to Japan," said Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson. "Let us keep them in our thoughts, along with the victims and survivors of this unprecedented disaster."

Program Highlights

Michiko Suzuki, assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, will emcee the program that includes:

  • Welcoming remarks -- Matthew Auer, dean, Hutton Honors College; professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • "The Disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant" -- Chuck Horowitz, professor of nuclear physics, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Japanese and World Media Reactions" -- Joe Coleman, Roy W. Howard Professional-in-Residence, School of Journalism and former bureau chief for the Associated Press in Tokyo
  • "Giving and Volunteering: Lessons from the Japan Quake" -- Beth Gazley, assistant professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • "The Effect on Trust in Government" -- Gregory J. Kasza, interim director, East Asian Studies Center; professor, Department of Political Science and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Thoku: Its Fishing Towns, Coastal Geography, and Tsunamis" -- Shingo Hamada, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Current Living Conditions in Sendai" -- Mikela Asano, Master of Music student, Jacobs School of Music
  • Musical Piece by string quartet -- Jacobs School of Music
  • Question & Answer period

For more information, e-mail the Asian Culture Center at or visit