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Friday, March 25, 2011

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

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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.

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:

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

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