Join your colleagues from higher education institutions around the country for a two-week intensive summer institute focused on the study of Japan. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders and artists about Japanese civilization, history,
language, business and education.
JSI offers college and university faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies the opportunity to learn from scholars, business leaders and artists about Japan, both past and present. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating
Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. It involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education.
Previous programs have included topics as diverse as wartime and occupation in Japan, social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, classical music, ikebana, calligraphy, introductory Japanese, Japanese film in the classroom,
and philosophical and religious traditions in Japan. Classes are held Monday through Friday from morning until late afternoon. The formal program is complemented by off-campus and evening activities. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists and government officials.
The two-week residential program is held on the San Diego State University (SDSU) campus. JSI Fellowships are available to cover most of the costs of the institute for each participant. While attending the program, participants are housed in shared suites (separate bedrooms, common living areas) in a residential hall on the university campus. Because of the intensive nature of the program,
families cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to stay in the dormitory.
JSI and its fellowships are made possible by a generous endowment from the Nippon Foundation. AASCU manages and administers the JSI program; SDSU provides the academic program and facilities.
Participants must be full-time faculty or administrators at two or four-year academic institutions with the potential to impact undergraduate education and have no prior training or professional experience in Japanese studies.