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Peter J. Kuznick

Course Description:

American University students will join with Japanese and other Asian students from Ritsumeikan University to undertake an intensive study of the human and material consequences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the history of Japanese wartime aggression, and the subsequent history of Japanese nuclear politics and nuclear culture, with particular emphasis on Japanese and international efforts to control and eliminate nuclear weapons. The Ritsumeikan group will be led by Professor Atsushi Fujioka, who has graciously and generously made all the arrangements for our stay in Japan. In Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, participants will meet and study with survivors of the atomic bombings, Japanese experts on nuclear history and current nuclear issues, Asian victims of Japanese wartime brutality, international peace activists, city officials, and other students. They will visit museums, temples, shrines, and other important historical sites in all three cities. They will also participate in commemorative events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Course Requirements:

Attendance at all events and sessions is required. Students will be expected to keep and submit a daily journal in which they record their day to day reactions to their experiences and discoveries as they travel in Japan. Upon returning to the United States, students will write a paper (10 pages for undergraduates and 15pages for graduate students) describing and analyzing how their attitudes toward nuclear history and nuclear weapons have changed as a result of the assigned readings and the study abroad tour in Japan. For this paper, students are expected to specifically reference the readings, lectures, museums, student presentations, and group discussions. Graduate students will also write two critical book reviews. Unless other arrangements are made, journals and papers must be submitted by the end of September 2002. Grades will be based on the quality of student’s participation in lectures, discussions, and other group activities while in Japan (34%) and on the quality of students’ journals (33%) and papers (33%). For graduate student grades, the journals will count for 25%, the long paper for 25%, and the book reviews for 16%.

Required Texts:

Laura Hein and Mark Selden, eds., Living With the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflict in the Nuclear Age Jhon Hersey, Hiroshima
Masuji Ibuse, Black Rain
Takashi Nagai, The Bells of Nagasaki

Additional Texts for Graduate Students:

Kai Bird and Lawrence Lifschultz, eds., Hiroshima’s Shadow
Robert Jay Lifton, Death in Life

Tentative Itinerary for Nuclear studies Institute 2002:
Aug.1 Arrive to Osaka/Itami Airport
Stay at the Seminar House (Kyoto Museum for World Peace,
Ritsumeikan Univ.) for 3 nights till Aug 4
Aug.2 9:30 Guidance/Meeting
11:00 Tour at Kyoto Museum for World Peace
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Sightseeing Tour, hosted by Ritsumeikan students
Aug.3 10:00-12:00 Bottom up Seminar
10:00-12:00 Bottom up Seminar
14:00-17:30 Lecture/Seminar
(1)Meaning of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the Nuclear Age,
(2)Conflict Resolution in Indian Subcontinent/Palestine
Aug.4 8:54 Depart Kyoto by JR super express Hikari
10:47 Arrive at Hiroshima
Visit Hiroshima Peace Park and PeaceMuseum
16:30-18:00 Presentation by a Victim-Mr.Akihiro Takahashi
Stay at a single room of the International Education Center,
Hiroshima International Uni. for 3 nights till Aug 7
Aug.5 9:00 Evaluation Meeting
10:00-12:00 Talks and discussion with Hiroshima Maidens/Peace activists
13:00 Sightseeing Tour to Miyajima, beautiful shrines
Aug.6 6:20 Interfaith Service to unknown victims at Peace Park
7:20-8:50 Peace ceremony
9:00 Optional Field work program, A/B/C
16:00-18:30 International Dialogue meeting
19:00-22:00 Candle Service/Lantern Ceremony at Rivers
22:30-23:15 General Meeting ? Share our findings
Aug.7 10:15 Depart Hiroshima by Hikari 361
11:27 Arrive at Hakata
12:25 Depart Hakata by Kamome19
14:25 Arrive at Nagasaki
Check-in at Hotel Kantarvill, stay for 3 nights till Aug 10
Visit Peace Park and Museum, Talks by a victim
Aug.8 Optional Field Work program A/B/C
Aug.9 10:15-11:30 Visit Peace Ceremony at Yamazato Elementary School
5:00-18:00 Wrap-up Discussion (1)
19:00 Farewell Party
Aug.10 10:00-13:00 Wrap-up Discussion (2) My Findings and Pledge
14:30 Depart Nagasaki by Kamome 26
16:18 Arrive to Hakata
16:47 Depart Hakata by JR Super express Hikari 386
19:38 Arrive to Shinosaka
Aug.11 Depart Japan