Anya von Bremzen at Baruch! (Thursday, Sep. 21st)

Dear students and foodies,

Anya von Bremzen, who writes about food from around the world, will be giving a lecture at Baruch on Thursday, September 21st. For those interested in Japan’s vibrant “ramen culture,” you should definitely attend the talk!

Anya von Bremzen is a Fall 2023 Harman Fellow at Baruch College. Refreshments will be served. Details are provided in the flyer below. See you there!

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Education & Family Programs Intern

TITLEEducation & Family Programs Intern 
LOCATIONJapan Society  
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONJapan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese culture, business, and society with audiences
in New York and around the world through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business,
sustainability, and education, online and on-site at our headquarters in a landmarked New York City building.
Since 1907, our mission has been to promote mutual understanding and kizuna – forging deep connections –
between the U.S. and Japan, by convening critical conversations, championing future creators, and serving as
a trusted guide to the abundance of Japan. We are committed to strengthening connections within our
community and building new bridges beyond  
DESCRIPTIONThe Japan Society Education & Family Programs Department seeks a part-time intern with a background in arts and education, and an interest in East Asian Studies. The ideal candidate will want to develop skills related to student, family, school and teen programs, as well as child development.Learning Opportunities:Work closely with Education Department staff to learn about program management and administration within a nonprofit organizationAssist and shadow teaching artists during school programs to learn applicable teaching strategies and experience in arts-related learningLearn about child development and pedagogy in practice and gain experience working with early childhood, family and teen audiencesLearn about other departments at Japan Society through collaborative programsGain knowledge about Japanese arts, history and cultureGain understanding of structure and functions within the nonprofit sectorResponsibilities:The intern will assist with various tasks including, but not limited to:Supporting program developmentConducting and compiling research on a variety of topicsAssist preparing materials related to all education programs for families, students, school groups, and teachersSupporting families and teens during after-school and weekend programsDrafting and distributing promotional materials for department related eventsDay-to-day administrative/office supportDrafting posts for social media platforms 
POSITION REQUIREMENTSRequirements:Basic knowledge of and strong interest in Japanese cultureFamiliarity with or interest in K-12 and arts educationExcellent attention to detail and strong organizational skillsThe ability to work independently and maintain smooth communicationsKnowledge of Microsoft Office SuiteFluency in EnglishJapanese language ability a plus, but not requiredInternship Dates and Time Commitment:This internship is expected to run from September through January (start and ends dates flexible)A minimum commitment of two days per week is necessaryThis internship is in-personThis is an unpaid internship position, however, Japan Society values its interns and provides the following benefits:Commuting cost from tri-state area will be reimbursedCollege internship credit arrangement will be availableFree admission for intern and a guest to New York City’s museums, zoos and gardens with Japan Society IDFree or reduced-priced admission to Japan Society’s programs and eventsTuition discount for Japanese language classes at Japan Society’s Language CenterIn-service training workshops for interns 
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The Spring 2024 application will open in early July.

FEA invests in deserving U.S. undergraduates who are least likely to study abroad. More than 100 volunteer reviewers read applications each cycle. In partnership with them, we consider financial need, demographic factors, and academic plan and preparedness to decide our scholarship recipients.

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The Globalization of Manga and its Role in Libraries by Jillian Rudes

Come join Jillian Rudes, a New York City public school librarian who started the webinar series Manga in Libraries. Since its founding, Rudes has been traveling the country presenting at conferences and hosting workshops, she also recently published the book Manga in Libraries: A Guide for Teen Librarians to educate librarians all over the world about the importance and value of manga in libraries. Focusing on the social-emotional needs of teens, Rudes has launched an initiative to inspire manga librarians everywhere to build manga collections that empower and celebrate readers.

Event Title: The Globalization of Manga and its Role in Libraries
Speaker: Jillian Rudes
Date/Time: Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Venue: VC12-116 *The venue has been changed!
*Need to register to join the event.

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Japanese Cinema and Society: The Industrial Spy Boom in the 1960s by Dr. Tomoyuki Sasaki (Globus Lecture Series)

The Japanese Program invites Dr. Tomoyuki Sasaki who discusses the 1960 Japanese films and the shifting society in the decades. The talk is based on his recent book Cinema of Discontent: Representations of Japan’s High-Speed Growth (SUNY Press, 2022).

The lecture takes places during Dr. April Gorzke’s course CMP/AAS/FLM4907 Film and Moving Image Culture in Japan. Those who are interested in joining the talk, please register for the event by responding the Google Form below.

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Sam Pollard Film Festival

Dear colleagues ,

Welcome back from spring break! The Harman Program has some great events coming up this week and next with our current writer, eminent documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard who graduated from Baruch exactly 50 years ago, in 1973. 

On Thursday, April 20, there will be a 5 pm buffet reception for Sam that students are warmly invited to partake in, followed by a 6 pm reading and conversation , introduced by Emerita Professor Bridgett Davis.

On the 24th and 25th of April, the Baruch Performing Arts Center will host a small festival featuring four of Sam’s films, along with interviews with Sam by Professor Erica Richardson (April 24) and Prof. Shelly Eversley (April 25). 

The attached flyers have the details; please circulate them as widely as you like. These events may be of particular interest to your students who are about to graduate since Sam will be the speaker and will receive an honorary doctorate at Baruch’s spring commencement at the Barclay Center. 

Warm regards to all, and many thanks for your help spreading the word about these events,

Esther Allen

Director, Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program 

Baruch College, City University of New York

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Alvin Hall coming to Baruch!

Hello Baruch colleagues,

Something has come together so fast that I don’t even have a flyer for it yet, but I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible that on April 20, same day as Sam Pollard’s Reading and Conversation later that evening, the Harman Program  is sponsoring a talk and lunch with author and podcaster Alvin D. Hall — a very big name in bestselling personal finance books, podcasts and even children’s books, who recently published a nonfiction memoir Driving the Green Book, A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance which came out of a very successful podcast he did with the same title. 

I had booked a different Harman Fellow but a couple of weeks ago she confirmed she was unable to make it. I happened to meet Alvin through a mutual friend, and he happens to live near Baruch, and was telling me about his new book, and suddenly this all came together. 

The Harman Fellow lunch events are capped at 20 students so it’s not a huge publicity endeavor — but if you can think of any students who might like to have lunch with him on the 20th, please tell them to RSVP to

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From Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

This semester’s Harman Program Reading and Conversation, with Spring 2023 Writer-in-Residence Sam Pollard (Baruch College, class of 1973) will take place on April 20, beginning with a reception with abundant food for even the hungriest Baruch student crowd at 5:00 p.m. 

I’d be very grateful if you could circulate the attached flyer among students and faculty who may be interested. Sam will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Baruch at this spring’s graduation; this is a chance for any graduating student to get to know him better before then. 

The Program is particularly honored that Sam will be introduced on April 20 by the former Harman Director, Baruch Professor Emerita Bridgett Davis.

Thanks for your help!

Warm regards,

Esther Allen

Director, Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

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Study Abroad Fair (Fab. 16th, 2023)

Baruch College (In-Person) Study Abroad Fair
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Club Hours)
Place: Auxiliary Gym (NVC Level B2)

Learn about dozens of study abroad opportunities!Speak to Baruch students who have already studied abroad and students from our partner institutions who are studying here now!

Meet with representatives from a wide range of study abroad programs!

Thanks so much for your help!

Best regards,

Dina Luu Van Lang
Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Baruch College, City University of New York
One, Bernard Baruch Way Box J-0810
New York, NY 10010
Tel. +1 646 312-2098 Fax: +1 646 312-2071

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MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) offers several government-sponsored scholarships

This is the MEXT Scholarship Office from the Consulate General of Japan in New York. We are writing to inform you that the MEXT Scholarship Japan Studies application period has begun.  

This email is being sent to university professors of Japanese and in otherwise related positions who have collaborated with the New York Consulate in the past. If this email has been sent to you in error or you are no longer in such a position, we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience. Please inform us and we will remove you from the mailing list.  

If you have undergraduate students who would be interested in applying for an intensive, immersive Japanese studies scholarship program, please feel free to forward them the following information.  

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MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) offers several government-sponsored scholarships: Japan StudiesResearchUndergraduate, and Specialized Training

At this time, the Japan Studies embassy-recommended scholarship – an intensive one-year study in Japan program for currently enrolled undergraduate students – is available. The Consulate General of Japan in New York will be accepting applications until Friday, February 10th, 2023, at 5 PM.  Applications must be delivered by mail or in-person (appointment only); email will not be accepted. 

Applicants who pass the first wave of screening will be invited to New York for an in-person interview and Japanese exam. Successful candidates will depart for Japan in the fall of 2023. 

Applicants for the Japan Studies Scholarship must be:  

  1. a U.S. citizen. 
  2. currently majoring in Japanese or Japan-related studies. 
  3. born between April 2, 1993, and April 1, 2005. 
  4. have studied Japanese language or culture at a university for a total of 1 year or more as of September 1, 2023. 

Benefits of the Scholarship  

  1. Fully waived tuition for one year. 
  2. Paid flight to and from Japan.  
  3. Monthly stipend of 117,000 JPY plus additional supplemental allowance.  

Useful Links & Information:

  • Interested parties can find more information here on our website.  
  • Application forms and past exam reference materials can be found here. We strongly recommend reading the scholarship’s guidelines, particularly sections on eligibility, screening process flowchart, and documentation, before making general inquiries.  
  • If you are unsure whether your current permanent address falls under the NY Consulate’s jurisdiction, please consult this page

If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at or call direct at (212) 418-4463. 

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Thank you for your time.  

Kind regards,  

Anna Dan, Vice Consul  

Melanie Budney, Scholarship Coordinator   

MEXT Scholarship Program

Consulate General of Japan in New York

299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171

Tel: 212-418-4463 (Direct)

Fax: 212-371-1294


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