An outreach event in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.
North Korea’s nuclear negotiations make the headlines regularly. However, North Korea is not the only country that poses a nuclear threat in Asia. The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2018 outreach program plans a public engagement event, a film and panel discussion program on the past, present, and future of nuclear weapons and technology in Asia.
This event will screen documentaries and hear from panelists of scholars and civic organization leaders on North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Hiroshima/Nagasaki, and peace education, and have an open discussion with the audience.
A reception will follow to meet and continue discussion.
2:00—3:30 p.m., film screening and discussion with film directors
- Professor Christine Marran (University of Minnesota), moderator
- Human Error (2017, 50 min), by Yoh Kawano on Namie, a small town near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor
- Under the Mushroom Clouds (work in progress, preview, 3 min), by Kyle Whitney on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
3:30—5:30 p.m. Panel discussion
- Professor Jim Scheibel (Hamline University), former Mayor of Saint Paul, moderator
- Professor Hangtae Cho (University of Minnesota) on North Korea
- Professor Seunjoo Yoon (Carleton College) on China
- Professor Amna Khalid (Carleton College) on India and Pakistan
- JoAnn Blatchley (St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee) on peace activism
- Caren Stelson (World Citizen, and author of Sachiko) on peace education
5:30-6:30 p.m., reception
Co-sponsored by the Association for Asian Studies Council on Conferences, the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures (University of Minnesota), the Center for the Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Minnesota), the Environmental Humanities Initiative (University of Minnesota), the Human Rights Program (University of Minnesota) and the History Department (Metropolitan State University). Special thanks to Sherry Swan, Morningside College.