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Wednesday May 22, 2013
4 - 6 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma UW Tacoma Campus
As our nation shifts its strategic focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, the South Puget Sound and Washington State move toward center stage in the arenas of international trade, military and security investments, and cultural exchanges. What does this mean for our future?
Join us for a conversation about our relationships with the Asia-Pacific region and how we can help foster a prosperous future throughout the Pacific Rim.
Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan Deputy Commanding General, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director Washington State Department of Commerce
Michael Rawding, Founding Principal Deerhorn Advisors
Beth Rivin, M.D., M.P.H. Faculty, University of Washington School of Law, Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Vice-President of Uplift International
Moderator: Divya McMillin, Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Free Registration and more information at www.tacoma.uw.edu/pacific
Sponsored by: PMBA Pierce Military and Business Alliance, the Tacoma News Tribune, Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Topia Technology
Tuesday May 28, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Smith Hall 115
Donald Shively first considered the topic of “Buddhahood for the nonsentient” (sōmoku jōbutsu) as a theme in noh plays back in 1957. In the subsequent fifty-five years, there have been several major studies published on sōmoku jōbutsu in Japanese and one major study in English (Fabio Rambelli’s Buddhist Materiality, 2007). This new research enables a more complex understanding of how popular conceptions of sōmoku jōbutsu play themselves out in noh involving nonsentient beings, and in particular how the concept of Buddhahood for the nonsentient intersects with the issue of “Buddhahood in this very body” (sokushin jōbutsu) for women. A vexing question for medieval Buddhist scholars was whether either nonsentient plants or women could achieve enlightenment through their own efforts (jiriki) or had to depend on the intervention of a higher Buddhist power (tariki).
Tuesday June 4, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Thomson Hall 317, Seattle Campus
The March 11, 2011 disaster at the Tokyo Electric Company’s Nuclear power plant was more a “human disaster” rather than one caused soley by the earthquake and the tsunami. As we learn more about this accident, one from which Japan shall never recover, we are able to clarify much about the nature of nuclear energy. The occurrence of nuclear power accidents is inevitable. Rather than from mechanical problems, their occurrence is a consequence of political deception. In this discussion I aim to reconstruct the fragmented facts presented in the media to explain the political structure of the nuclear power industry.
Akio Igarashi is a political scientist and professor emeritus of law and politics at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. His research has focused on modern Japanese political thought and contemporary politics. More recently his interests have included local political issues, such as the analysis of referendums on nuclear power issues. He is the author of numerous books, including Nihon Seiji Ron (Japanese Politics) and one co-authored with Miranda Schreurs titled Josei ga seiji wo kaeru toki (When Women Alter Politics).