Monthly Archives: September 2015

40 x 40 at Ronin Gallery

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Ronin Gallery (known to have the largest private collection of Japanese prints in the U.S.) is hosting a special exhibition “exploring the development of Japanese woodblock prints from the dawn of ukiyo-e to today’s innovators”.

Dates: 9/15 – 10/17
Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: By appointment
Ronin Gallery
425 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
SE Corner of 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

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Nagisa Ōshima’s Ceremony at Anthology Film Archives

儀式 (GISHIKI) / Nagisa Ōshima, 1971

From Anthology Film Archives:

Widely acclaimed as Nagisa Oshima’s most ambitious film, THE CEREMONY takes as its subject the entire history of postwar Japan, as embodied by the fortunes of the powerful Sakurada family from 1946 to the present. Through the eyes of the family’s Manchurian-born heir apparent, we move through a dense, flashback-punctuated procession of weddings and funerals that escalates into a vertiginous indictment of the madness of contemporary Japan.

Friday, September 25, 6:45PM
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 27, 4:00 PM
Tickets (available on day of screening):
$10 General Admission/ $8 Student
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)
New York, NY 10003

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Japan art/culture-related Internship info.



RESOBOX, a Japanese cultural space in New York is currently seeking a qualified candidate for a marketing and/or communications intern who is interested in both . You will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s digital marketing plans under our Marketing Director.
This internship will last a minimum of 3 months and is unpaid. Interns are required to volunteer and/or attend RESOBOX events 1-2 times per week. You don’t have to speak Japanese to apply.
Interested applicants can send an email with their resume (Any questions about the position can be sent
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Baruch Japan Club: Japanese Conversation Class

Dear Members,
We will be having our first Japanese Conversation Class (JCC) this Thursday, September 24th in our usual clubroom, 10-165. JCC is an event dedicated to helping people learn and practice speaking Japanese with their peers, regardless of their skill level. If you are interested in learning Japanese, or are trying to improve your Japanese speaking skills, then feel free to join us. The theme for this class is “Travelling in Japan”. We hope to see you there!

Event: Japanese Conversation Class

Date and Time: Thursday, September 24th, 12:45-2:05 PM

Place: VC 10-165

Best Regards,

Andy Lantigua

Secretary | Baruch Japan Club

Baruch College

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The Paula Berggren Enrichment Fund

This new fund, created by a generous donor, has two main purposes:  to assist students who wish to enroll in courses in the humanities* at Baruch but lack the financial means to do so; and to enable classes in the humanities at Baruch to participate in extra-curricular activities that enrich students’ intellectual experience and understanding of their coursework. 

Funds are allocated by a committee lodged in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences that meets several times a year to review applications (see attached) by members of the Baruch community.  Student applications for tuition support in the fall or spring semester should be made as early as possible in the registration process, preferably before the due date for tuition payment.  Applications from faculty for course activity support should be made as early as possible, but worthy applications will be accepted until the last month of the semester in question.

Members of the committee for the academic year 2015-16 are Paula Berggren, Professor Emeritus of English; Susan Tenneriello, Associate Professor of Theater; and Boo Choi, Director of Administrative and Financial Services for the Weissman School.

Student grants will be credited directly to the Bursar to cover the funded cost of tuition, not to exceed $750.  Funding for extra-curricular class activities will cover visits to museums, theaters, concerts, or other approved events; students will be expected to contribute a modest sum toward the costs of admission.  Funding does not cover transportation or food and will be capped at approximately $40 per student. 

*“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

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Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships – October 8th Due Date!


The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.


The next competition for Bridging Scholarships will be for students who will study in Japan beginning in Spring 2016. The deadline for applications is October 8, 2015. Please see “Instructions for Applicants” below.

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International Conference of Undergraduate Research, September 29-30

September 29-30: International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

For the second year, Baruch undergraduates present original research via videoconferencing in this international conference, on panels alongside counterparts at the University of Warwick (U.K.) and Monash University branch campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The conference, organized by an alliance of the University of Warwick-U.K. and Monash University in Australia involves 12 colleges globally; Baruch is lucky to be one of four campuses in the U.S. that participate. We invite you to attend to see our own undergraduates present their original research, and to see British and South African students present their research, as well, in real time.

From the classroom in the BCTC computer center in Baruch’s Library Building, you will have the chance to ask questions of these student researchers around the globe and engage in dialogue about their work.  Students who are writing theses in particular might wish to attend so they can plan ahead to participate next year.  Morning coffee and lunch (on Tuesday) will be served.

Seating is limited, so if you and and any of your students plan to attend, please RSVP to Baruch’s ICUR faculty coordinator,  Prof. Katherine Pence:

Tuesday, September 29: Newman Library Building, room H-620

7:00-8:00 a.m.:  Coffee and Bagels

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Social Issues Panel (Session 8A). Kristina Kutleva (Accounting) of Baruch presents a paper on “Domestic Violence as a Cultural Issue” on a panel with students from Warwick and South Africa.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Markets and Welfare Panel (Session 9B). Baruch’s Phil Chen (International Business) presents a paper entitled “Real Estate Revitalization, Renovation, Reproaches,” along with students from Warwick and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

11:00-11:30 a.m.: Light lunch break

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.: New Perspectives on Historical Milestones (Session 10-B). Baruch student Aristida Pllumaj (History) presents “The Revelation of Global Atomic and Communist Anxieties” and Baruch’s Mohammad Deen (History) presents “America Takes to the Road: The Impact of the Automobile on American Society, 1893-1980,” alongside Warwick students.

1:00 – 2:30 pm.: Education and Youth Services (Session 11-B). Baruch’s Renee Cotsis (Psychology) returns to the conference for a second year with the paper on “Effects of Effort and Ability-Based Sense of Belonging on Performance, Learning, and Engagement of Under-Represented Minorities under Stereotype Threat,” and Sara Seber (Public Affairs) presents “How does Service-Learning Impact the Self-Efficacy of Under-served Youth?” along with students from Warwick.

Wednesday, September 30: Newman Library Building, room H-620

 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Bagels

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Understanding Cultures (Session 19B). Baruch’s Jonathan Ruiz (Sociology/Biology) presents “Disordered Discourse: Exploring the Perception of Gender Among Parents of Children Living with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia,” and Denise Garcia (Sociology) presents “Hip-Hop: A Way of Life,” on a panel with students from Warwick.

10:30 – 12:00: Country Cases (Session 20A). Penell Somsen (CUNY BA in Latin American Women Writers) presents “Cuba and the Diaspora: Family and Nation,” and Edson Flores (Economics) presents “Land of the Aging Sun: Measuring the Impact of Population Decline on Japanese Economic Performance,” with Warwick students.


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Baruch Japan Club : JET Program Information Session

Dear Members,

It’s time for our first business oriented event of the semester! Join us this Thursday, September 17th in VC 10-165 for our JET Program Information Session. The JET Program provides graduates with opportunities to travel to Japan and work with local authorities as well as in schools in Japan. No prior Japanese language skills are required. Representatives from the JET Program (Japanese English Teaching Program) will be presenting their organization and answering any questions you may have. Refreshments will be served as well. If you are interested in working in Japan, then be sure to stop by!

Event Information:

EventJET Program Information Session
Date: Thursday, September 17th
Time and Place: VC 10-165, 12:45pm – 2:20pm

Best Regards,

Andy Lantigua
Secretary | Baruch Japan Club
Baruch College

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JACL Now Accepting Applications for Kakehashi Project 2015-2016

From the Japanese American Citizens League:

Up to 185 students will be selected to participate in this year’s Kakehashi Project, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the Kakehashi Project is to build cooperation between Japanese Americans/Asian Americans and Japan by providing students with a better understanding of Japan through a variety of fields, including politics, economics, and culture. Kakehashi Project alumni are encouraged to become effective advocates in enhancing U.S. – Japan relations.

Participants will attend a 9-day trip to Japan where they will visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in lectures and workshops. Each trip will visit Tokyo and one other city to be announced.

Trip Schedule

Trip 1: December 13-22, 2015
Application Deadline: September 30, 2015
Selection Notification: Early November 2015

Trip 2: January 10-19, 2016
Application Deadline: September 30, 2015
Selection Notification: Mid November 2015

Trip 3: March 13-22, 2016
Application Deadline: January 3, 2016
Selection Notification: Early February 2016

Program and Application Guidelines

Currently enrolled Japanese/Japanese American or Asian American students (community college, undergraduate, graduate, or professional), 18-25 years old are encouraged to apply. Please click here for additional program and eligibility guidelines.

You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.

The online application is available here. All applications and requested documentation must be received by the deadlines specified on the application.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Craig Shimizu at, or call 202-223-1240 (M-F, 10:00a-5:30p EST).

More about the Kakehashi project from The Japan Foundation

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ERO GURO NANSENSU: Modern Japan and Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

ERO GURO NANSENSU: Modern Japan and Erotic Grotesque Nonsense


Exhibition: September 12-15, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12, 6-9 pm, Artist Talk at 7 pm
Art History 101: Dance of Death: Mavo artists and Modern Tokyo: Sunday, 9/13, 3 PM
Open Hours: Sunday, 9/13 from 2-6; Monday and Tuesday 9/14-9/15 from 4-8 pm

In September, 1924, Mavo magazine Issue 3 was distributed by attaching firecrackers to the cover and launching them into the streets of Tokyo. On the day of the final proof of the magazine, contributor Yabashi Kimimaro issued the statement: “one should demand revolution as one demands alcohol and fulfillment of sexual desire.” Mavo magazine was compiled by an artist group associated under the same name (Mavo, active from 1923-1926) and it provides an important record of the avant-garde in Japan during the interwar period.

Kara Jefts, a curator, art historian, and artist, re-embodies the work of Mavo artists within contemporary networks in order to better understand a body of work from which little material evidence remains. By using practice-based research, Jefts looks to engage with contemporary artists whose work parallels themes of ero guro nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) a term used by Japanese mass media to describe counter culture from the 1920s to the 1940s.

By working within contemporary artist networks, Jefts seeks to learn from the ways in which themes repeat themselves across cultures and historic time periods, as well as to introduce new audiences to largely unrecognized Japanese artist movements from the early twentieth century.

On view at the Flux Factory are works from Jefts’ ongoing project, including photographs and ephemera from her collaboration with the artists Leonard Suryajaya, Dave J. Bermingham, and Tongyu Zhao, and the exhibition of new work to be developed during her Flux residency with the artist Jason Martin.


Artist Talk

Saturday, September 12, 7:00 PM

Kara Jefts will lead an informal discussion about her experience sharing art historical research in a way that inspires interest, collaboration, and reinterpretation. Jefts questions the reliability of recorded histories, and is interested in understanding the past through imagined experience.

Art History 101: Dance of Death: Mavo artists and Modern Tokyo

Sunday, September 13, 3:00 PM

Kara Jefts will present on Mavo artists in the context of 1920s Tokyo, explaining the uncertainty of this post-disaster earthquake moment in Japan and the artists’ interest in play and the political.


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