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ICU Hiroshima Seminar


Each year, the Rotary Foundation, which is headquartered in the United States, chooses 70 Rotary World Peace Scholars. Two-year master's-level degree programs have been established at the Rotary Centers located at eight universities around the world (International Christian University, Queensland University, Bradford University, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California at Berkeley and Salvador). These centers offer young persons from around the world the opportunity to study international problems that threaten peace and methods of conflict resolution. The purpose of the program is to cultivate persons who can contribute to creating peace in the world.

Since September 2002, the Rotary Center at International Christian University has enrolled students from around the world who seek to contribute to peace in its Rotary World Peace Scholars program. The program offers the following core courses: Security and Conflict Resolution; Politics and Religions, Development and Environment; and Human Rights.

The City of Hiroshima is cooperating with the Rotary Center at ICU by providing part of the curriculum for the program. The current group of Rotary World Peace Scholars will come to Hiroshima to participate in the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Seminar, which is designed to teach the facts about the atomic bombings and impart a greater understanding of the desire of Hiroshima for the abolition of nuclear weapons and enduring world peace. Participants will tour the Peace Memorial Museum, listen to A-bomb survivors’ testimonials, hear lectures on the medical and physical effects of the bombings, and meet students from Hiroshima.

This Seminar will be implemented as a field study of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Course.

2.Date and Time

Monday, June 28 -Wednesday, June 30, 2004


Seminar Room 2, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

(1) Day 1 (Monday, June 28)
14:00-15:30Tour Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall
15:30-16:00Pay respects at Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims
16:00-16:30Visit A-bomb Dome, hypocenter, etc.
17:00-18:00A-bomb survivor’s testimonial by Akihiro Takahashi
(former director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)
(2) Day 2 (Tuesday, June 29)
9:30-10:30Screening of the video: A Nuclear-Free 21st Century
10:40-12:10Lecture on physical effects of the atomic bombing
Professor Masaharu Hoshi, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University
AfternoonVisit Miyajima Island
(3) Day 3 (Wednesday, June 30)
9:30-11:00Lecture on medical effects of the atomic bombing
Professor Kenji Kamiya, Director, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University
13:00-14:30Exchange views with researchers at Hiroshima Peace Institute

8 international students from ICU
11 students from Hiroshima