We sponsor two event series at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies:
- A “Japan Politics and Society” speaker series that host speakers regularly throughout each academic year
- A major conference on U.S.-Japan Relations (currently scheduled for Fall 2019 and 2021)
We also occasionally co-sponsor other events on campus related to contemporary Japanese politics, society, and international relations. In addition to being public events, visiting speakers also meet with SGIS students to discuss their current research and share their own professional experiences and career advice.
These two series facilitate important conversation in America’s heartland about the importance of Japan and U.S.-Japan relations to developments here in the United States and beyond. The speaker series engages members of the IU Bloomington community in an ongoing, spirited discussion about how to understand contemporary Japan and its relations with the world, the difficult domestic and foreign policy choices that leaders face in a dynamic and complicated region, and the impact these decisions have on regional and global peace and prosperity, the United States, and Indiana.