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(L-R: Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa, Jake Price, Mai Mukaida, Mio Yamamoto, Patricia Gibson)

“Expanded Truth”: Preserving the Lives of Tohoku Through Film and Autobiography
Mar. 11th, Wed. 7pm (Columbia Univ. Teachers College, Thompson Hall, Rm 136)

1) Jake Price, Photographer, Producer, Brooklyn, NY
Jake Price has worked as a free-lance producer for the BBC for over 15 years producing multi- media pieces for BBC In Pictures. His multimedia and photography appears in The New York Times, TIME, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Orion Magazine, Newsweek, Le Monde II and others throughout the world. He presently teaches visual storytelling at Columbia’s School of Journalism in New York.

In March 2011 Jake Price journeyed to Tohoku, Japan to document the devastation left in the wake of the Pacific tsunami, resulting in his immersive web doc Unknown Spring which was awarded the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards.

Unknown Spring represents an evolution of independent non fiction story-telling. Built entirely from the ground up by a team of two, the project became an immersive html5 website featuring photographs, audio recordings, full-motion video, and Price’s written descriptions of his work and impressions as he spent many months — and many return trips — with the people around the fishing village of Yuriage. The result isn’t just a record of the physical damage done by the tsunami, instead, Unknown Spring is both a chronicle of and testament to the Japanese people’s resilience and humanity in the face of unspeakable odds.

2) Patricia Gibson, Doctoral Student, Teachers College, Columbia University
Patricia Gibson is a doctoral student from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in curriculum theory and how it relates to teaching in regions having experienced catastrophic events such as natural disaster or conflict. Working with narrative inquiry as methodology, she is currently in communication with elementary school teachers from a region in Fukushima about their experiences after 3/11. She will talk about the processes and scholarly decisions she has been making as she interacts with the stories of the educators from the region.

The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Post-Disaster Recover Efforts
April 7th, Tues. 7pm (Columbia Univ. School of Social Work, Concourse C06)

3) Mio Yamamoto, Co-Founder and Managing Director of World in Tohoku
Mio has nine years of experience in providing high-impact social entrepreneurs with capacity building and funding support. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, she co-founded World in Tohoku (WIT; http://worldinasia.org/) to support social entrepreneurs in the disaster-affected area. WIT provides management, funding, leadership development, and impact assessment support to entrepreneurs in such areas as education, job creation, and community development.

4) Mai Mukaida, Makeup Artist/Lalitpur CEO
Mai Mukaida, who is a native from Sendai, Miyagi, founded an organic cosmetics business called Lalitpur (http://lalitpur.jp/) in 2013 that sells cosmetic products fully produced in Nepal. Earlier, from 2009, she started a project (http://lalitpur.jp/coffretproject/) to deliver thousands of donated cosmetics to women in Nepal, Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines, while also holding make-up training workshops to foster women’s self-esteem as well as help them develop marketable working skills for their futures. Immediately after 3/11, she delivered cosmetics to the women in Miyagi and Fukushima and conducted workshops to empower women in the post-disaster Tohoku region. Now, holding the production and distribution office of Lalitpur in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, she travels back and forth between the countries to help women around the world believe in themselves and take initiative in their lives.

Long-term Health Issues: Fukushima, A Case Study
April 21st, Wed. 4:30pm (Columbia Univ. School of Social Work, Concourse C06)

5) Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa, Executive Administrator of the Fukushima Prefectural Hospitals Office
Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa is the Executive Administrator of the Fukushima Prefectural Hospitals Office and a member of the Board of Kokoro-no Care Nagomi, a Mental Health Care Center in Soso Area of Fukushima. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Aizu Medical Center, Fukushima Medical University. Nagomi was created in response to the lack of mental health care and residents’ prolonged stay in temporary housing. In order to maximum recovery efforts, Dr. Niwa strategized a new, local mental health care system that included the said Nagomi clinic for out-patients, and several outreach teams that would conduct individual follow-ups.

6) Kazuma Yonekura, Director of Kokoro-no Care Nagomi
Mr. Kazuma Yonekura is the Director of Kokoro-no Care Nagomi, Mental Health Care. He is a mental health nurse. He is a survivor and victim of the March 11th disaster and lived 30.3km from the nuclear power plants.

7) Yasuhiro Suto, Vice Director of Psychiatric Clinic Nagomi
Mr. Yasuhiro Suto is the Vice Director of Psychiatric Clinic Nagomi which is affiliated to Kokoro-no Care Nagomi in Soso Area, Fukushima. He is a Clinical Psychologist and a Mental Health Social Worker.

8) Nishimiya Fellows
The Nishimiya Fellows Program is a week-long seminar held at Fukushima Medical University (FMU) that introduces students to the topics of disaster medicine and gives them an opportunity to learn more about the long-lasting effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in 2011. This program has both a classroom component and an experiential component. Students spend a couple of days at seminars and training sessions on radiation biology and disaster medicine, and the remainder of their time volunteering at community centers and visiting the areas most affected by the tsunami. Students selected for this program are named Nishimiya Fellows in honor of the late Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, Deputy Foreign Minister and former Japanese Ambassador to New York, who greatly contributed to the effort to aid those affected by the March 11th tsunami and earthquake. For more information about the Nishimiya Fellows Program, please visit http://nishimiyafellowsprogram.org/


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