Yumiko Nogami—March 5-8, 2007

Ms. Nogami is a peace educator and will be on the Luther campus as a prelude to the 2007 Peace Prize Forum at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, March 9-10. On the Luther campus she will conduct workshops on peace education and discuss the experiences of survivors of the first atomic bomb.

Ms. Nogami received her B.A. from Sophia University, a Christian liberal Arts institution in Tokyo, in 1996, a M.A. in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford (U.K.) in 2004, and a Ph. M. in Peace Studies form the same institution in 2005. From 1996 to 2001, she worked as sales representative for DX Antenna Company Ltd. and the Ford Motor Company, Japan. She explains that in 2001, she felt called as a child of a survivor of the first detonated atomic bomb and as a native of Hiroshima who had the privilege to receive a bilingual education at Sophia University to make peace education her life's work.

Since then, it has become her goal to raise awareness about the effect of nuclear weapons and to work for intercultural understanding and peace. From 2001-03 she worked as a research assistant at the Hiroshima Peace Institute; in 2003 she joined the graduate program in conflict resolution and peace studies at the University of Bradford. Since 2005 she has been involved in peace education and has given workshops in the US and Japan. She has been in Indonesia as a coordinator for some of the aid projects in response to the Java earthquakes.

Schedule:

Monday March 5, 2007
4:00-8:00 p.m.: Workshop and dinner with Global Concerns group

Tuesday, March 6
6:30-9:00 p.m.: Valders 117, Discussion and viewing of "Barefoot Gen", a movie about how an elementary school child experienced the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Co-sponsored by the Luther College Peace Prize Committee.

Wednesday, March 7
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Mott Room in the Union, Workshop on the role of peace education in promoting nuclear disarmament, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Policy.