2019/1/29 Stop Sexual Violence on Campus! を開催します
Stop Sexual Violence on Campus!
Date: 29th January 2019
Time: 14:00 to 17:30
Venue: Room 93B in the Faculty of Engineering Bldg-2 (Hongo Campus),
The University of Tokyo http://www.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/access
Adam R. Dodge, Legal & Technology Director at Laura’s House, Orange County, California
Yujin Yaguchi: Professor of American Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Eunice K. Kim: Professor at Ewha Womans University Law School
Yuma Suzuki, Ph.D student at Graduate School of Sociology of Education, the University of Tokyo (Chabujo)
Leading Graduate Program on Integrated Human Sciences for Cultural Diversity, the University of Tokyo
MeDi (Initiative for Media’s Diversity at the University of Tokyo)
Meridian180, Buffet Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University
About the Event
In recent years, news media reported several cases of sexual violence by college students. In most of these cases, students from prestigious institutions were involved. Meanwhile, harassment cases by male professors against female students seem to have become regular headlines in diverse news outlets.
However, universities are slow to move to establish a comprehensive system that stops sexual violence, protects and supports victims, and punishes perpetrators. Moreover, a majority of professors, administrators, and students do not seem to care about these issues. Such indifference results in a situation in which there is little consensus regarding what constitutes sexual violence and harassment. Overall, the lack of interest in and understanding about this theme shrouds our campuses, and discourages members of college communities from discussing these issues seriously.
In order to break such silence on this issue, the Leading Graduate Program on Integrated
Human Sciences for Cultural Diversity at the University of Tokyo will invite Mr. Adam R. Dodge, Legal & Technology Director at Laura’s House in Orange County, California, who specializes in domestic violence cases and has a long experience in sexual harassment education programs. He will share with us his expertise and experience.
Professor Yujin Yaguchi of Department of Area Studies (North American Division) of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo will then give a comment based on his experiences in American and Japanese higher education institutions. We will also invite Professor Kim K. Eunice at Ewha Woman’s University as a commentator.
The event will be conducted in English, but the choice of language will be flexible during the Q&A session to encourage all the participants to speak up. Everybody who is interested in this theme, and who thinks that the theme is important, is very welcome. Let’s learn together about the U.S. system and talk with Mr. Dodge what we can do against sexual violence in Japan!
Our Goals for the Event:
1) to learn the current systems and institutions that prevent sexual violence in the U.S.
2) to learn how activism influenced people’s awareness and changed the system to prevent sexual violence on campus.
3) to evaluate the current situation of sexual violence at universities in Japan.
14:00 Opening Remarks from Kaori Hayashi, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo.
[Part 1] Learning Session:
14:10-40 Lecture by Mr. Adam R. Dodge, Legal & Technology Director at Laura’s House
“Sexual Violence Prevention on College Campuses: Challenges & Successes” (30 min)
14:40-55 Comments by Professor Yujin Yaguchi
14:55-10 Comments by Professor Eunice K. Kim
15:10-30 Q & A, and discussion (20 min)
[break] (10 min)
15:40 The situation of sexual violence at the University of Tokyo (by Yuma Suzuki) (20 min)
16:00 Actions at Soka University, Sophia University and Waseda University in Japan (approx.7 min per person)
16:25 Discussion about how we can change our universities to stop sexual violence (40 min)
17:05 Comments by Mr. Dodge, Prof. Yaguchi and Prof. Kim (10 min)
*We plan to have a casual get-together after this event.