Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki will speak Weds., March 20, from 3:30 - 5:00 PM in Student Union 340 as part of the 6th annual International Speaker Series for UNC Charlotte. Fujisaki will present A New Look at U.S.-Japan Relations with an opportunity for questions from the audience after his presentation. The International Speaker Series is free and open to the campus community.
After serving as the Ambassador of Japan to the United States from 2008 – 2012, Fujisaki was installed as President of the America-Japan Society, a non-profit and non-political organization with a mission to promote understanding between the United States and Japan. He is also a distinguished professor at Sophia University and Keio University, both in Tokyo, Japan.
UNC Charlotte will present "Ruined and Rebuilt Landscapes: Memories of the War in Bosnia," a series of lectures, movies, discussions with survivors and cultural gatherings, from March 17 through April 2.
The exhibition will feature paintings by British artist Laura Buxton of ruined buildings in Bosnia-Herzegovina, completed in 1994 and 1995 in the immediate aftermath of the war. Each painting is accompanied by additional information and photographs depicting the rebuilding of these sites, as well as the ongoing conflicts surrounding them.
Related programs will examine the personal and collective memories of the conflict and how it shaped people’s lives, ethnic relations, cultural practices and the built environment in the last two decades. The focus is on the destructiveness of war but also on survival and rebuilding. Click here for more information.