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ICAS Event: Rabbi Abraham Cooper on Digital Terrorism & Hate - Challenges & Consequences for Leaders Worldwide
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Venue: TUJ Mita Hall 502/503
Speaker: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Moderator: Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director, ICAS
The Internet’s unprecedented global reach and scope combined with the difficulty in monitoring and tracing communications make it the prime tool for extremists and terrorists. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members, has been monitoring these developments for over a decade through its Digital Terrorism and Hate Project. The project shows how every aspect of the Internet is being used by extremists of all kinds to repackage old hatred, demean the ‘Enemy’, raise funds and recruit and train Jihadist terrorists. This user-generated hate material increases the viral spread of extremism online and aids in increasing the social acceptability of hate in mainstream discourse. By creating an environment where all users are equal participants on the Web, all editorial functions are removed and expressions of hate can easily flow unchallenged. Jews, Cat holics, Muslims, Hindus, gays, women and immigrants are some of the most targeted groups.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism & Hate Project identifies some 10,000 problematic hate and terrorist websites, hate games and other internet postings. This report is widely distributed each year to government leaders, elected officials, law enforcement and anti-terrorist agencies, community and web activists as well as the media.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will give an address about the Center’s latest work with the Digital Terrorism & Hate Project. He will highlight the many challenges that digital terrorism and hate pose to law enforcement agencies, the media, scholars, activists and governments worldwide.
About the Speaker
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members.
Rabbi Cooper has been a longtime activist for Jewish and human rights causes on five continents. He regularly meets with world leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI, presidents and foreign ministers to defend the rights of the Jewish people, combat terrorism and promote intergroup relations. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to digital hate and the Internet.
Rabbi Cooper supervises the Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project, supervised the Center’s entry into the digital age through http://www.wiesenthal.com and created the Center’s innovative AskMusa.com, a multilingual website designed to familiarize Moslems around the world to the values of the Jewish people, its history and Faith.
In 2007, Rabbi Cooper was listed by Newsweek among the top most influential Rabbis in the United States.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
7:30 PM JST
1 Hour 27 Minutes 29 Seconds
ICAS Event: Film Director Atsushi Ogata - Cast Me If You Can/Wakiyaku Monogatari
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Venue: TUJ Mita Hall
Speaker: Atsushi Ogata, Film Director
Moderator: Robert Dujarric, Director, ICAS
Comedy film director Atsushi Ogata will present the first 10 minutes of his new film "Cast Me If You Can/ Wakiyaku Monogatari" (in Japanese with English subtitles), to be released theatrically nation-wide in Japan from October 23rd. Ogata will discuss in detail the content and motivations, reveal the filmmaking process, and answer questions from the audience, all with plenty of wit and humor.
"Cast Me If You Can/ Wakiyaku Monogatari" is a romantic comedy about a perpetual supporting actor who is always marginalized, both at work and in his personal life, until he meets his muse, falls in love and discovers he has to play the lead in his own life. Starring Toru Masuoka, Hiromi Nagasaku, Masahiko Tsugawa and Keiko Matsuzaka, "Cast Me If You Can" has been selected for festivals in Shanghai, Seoul, California, Indiana, New York and India, and has been awarded for its original score and title animation in Los Angeles. Discount advance tickets will be available for purchase after the talk.
About the Speaker
Born in Japan, and raised partly in the US, Ogata has worked in Holland, Germany, Japan, and the US as a film director, script-writer, video artist, and actor. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Eternally Your”, Ogata’s latest short film, was selected for the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival 2007 in New York at the MoMA and the Lincoln Center. It won Film Awards at the Bangkok, Moondance, and Boston International Film Festival, and has been screened at numerous international festivals in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Los Angeles and others. Cast Me If You Can is his feature film debut.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
7:30 PM JST
1 Hour 35 Minutes 5 Seconds
ICAS Event: Debating ideological bias in US education - Screening of "Indoctrinate U"
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Venue: TUJ Mita Hall 502/503
Debater: Michael Reber / Robert Dujarric, Director ICAS
In Indoctrinate U. the filmmaker interviews and attempts to interview college faculty members and administrators on both sides of the political issues, and argues that there are frequent cases of several high- and low-profile discrimination of students and faculty members organizing or participating in conservative or otherwise non-leftist activities on campus. After a screening of a truncated version of the film, speakers for and against the premise of the film will offer remarks, after which the floor will be open to a discussion period.
Arguing in favor of Indoctrinate U. will be Michael Reber, an advocate for student-centered learning, educational choice, and private and civil educational association. He is a prolific writer on student-centered learning and open educational systems design. His major publication is An Alternative Framework for Community Learning Centers in the 21st Century.
On the other side of the debate, will be Robert Dujarric, Director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus
Thursday, October 14, 2010
7:30 PM JST
1 Hour 38 Minutes 14 Seconds
ICAS Event: Claude Meyer on China and Japan after the crisis: which leader for Asia?
According to a widely held view Asia's future is already mapped out, between the inevitable decline of Japan and the meteoric rise of China. Such a simplistic view is probably ill-advised, just as the notion of an unstoppable Japan proved to be in the 1990s. Economic partners by force of circumstance but still strategic rivals, China and Japan are kept at odds not only by a burdensome past but also, and above all, by their conflicting ambitions.
In the context of the rivalry between China and Japan for leadership in Asia, how should we assess the respective strengths and weaknesses of each country? For the time being, neither of these two dominant powers can lay claim to overall supremacy in the region. China has strong strategic advantages of which Japan is deprived because of its pacifist Constitution. On the contrary, Japan's economic and technological leadership in Asia is still unquestionable when compared to a Chinese economy which remains over dependent on foreign markets and technologies.. In the light of the dialectical relationship between economics and strategic power, what could be the most probable scenario for their mutual relations and the future configuration of power in Asia over the next two decades?
About the speaker:
Dr. Claude Meyer has pursued a dual career as banker and academic. He was for many years an executive at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Group, while lecturing at the Paris Sorbonne University (international finance and Japanese economy).
He is presently Associate Professor of International Economics and Senior Research Fellow at Paris “Sciences Po”. He lectures regularly at universities in the US and in Asia. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and degrees in philosophy, sociology and Japanese studies.
His publications deal mainly with Asian economies and finance. His latest book, China or Japan: which leader for Asia?, published in French in February 2010, is now available in Japanese and is being translated in English and in Chinese.
Friday, October 08, 2010
7:30 PM JST
1 Hour 33 Minutes 59 Seconds
ICAS Event: Peter Beck - The Cost of Korean Unification
Date: Friday, October 1, 2010
Venue: TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207
Speaker: Peter Beck
Korean unification is unlikely to occur in the near future, but the North’s collapsed economy and failed leadership in the context of a vibrant South Korea on its doorstep means that it is a question of “when,” not “if.” The total cost of unification will be in the trillions of dollars, which means we must prepare for this eventuality now. Moreover, several optimistic reports notwithstanding, unification is unlikely to be gradual or smooth.
While a North Korean implosion is more likely, we cannot rule out the possibility of an explosion (military conflict), which would push the cost of unification (to say nothing about the human tragedy) closer to $10 trillion. Learning from the German experience will help minimize the cost. It is also important to examine the reaction and role of the major powers in the region to the reunification process. China and Japan are the most opposed to a unified Korea, but once the process begins, they will have little choice but to contribute to picking up the pieces in the North.
About the Speaker:
Peter M. Beck is a Council on Foreign Relations / Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan. Prior to moving to Tokyo, he was the Pantech Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He has also taught at Ewha University in Seoul, served as executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and directed the International Crisis Group's Northeast Asia Project in Seoul. He was also the director of research and academic affairs at the Korea Economic Institute. He has served as a member of the Ministry of Unification's Policy Advisory Committee and as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown and Yonsei universities. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and ABD from the University of California at San Diego.
Friday, October 01, 2010
7:30 PM JST
1 Hour 37 Minutes 1 Second
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