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On “Being Heumann”: A Dialogue About Disability Activism with Judy Heumann


Available Friday, 24 June 2022 after 5PM

In this event, disability advocates Judy Heumann and Mark Bookman discuss the past, present, and future of accessibility and inclusion in the United States and Japan. Touching on barriers in built environments, education, employment, and entertainment systems, as well as activist movements and anti-discrimination policies, the two help to highlight a path towards creating a more diverse society in which nobody is excluded.

“Rereading Proust in 2022” Lecture by Prof. Antoine Compagnon


Thursday, 23 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30 pm)

In 2022, we are commemorating the centennial of Marcel Proust's death with an extraordinary salvo of publications, exhibitions, and acclamations. “Proust is the man of the year,” advertised the Italian magazine La Repubblica on New Year’s Day. It gives us an occasion to evaluate the magnitude of his novel, Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, and also to compare this anniversary with the previous one, 1971, a century after Proust’s birth. His star hasn’t stopped rising.

Roundtable “AI and Humanity”


Available Early June 2022 (on Tokyo College YouTube Channel)

It has been said that by executing algorithms in the same way, there is no difference between the human brain and AI (artificial intelligence). Is this really the case? What does it mean to be “human”? To be an “AI”? What can current AI do and not do?
In anticipation of a future in which humans and AI coexist, we discuss what we should keep in mind and what we can do to prepare.

“Rethinking Methodology in Global Diplomacy” Lecture by Prof. SHIMAZU Naoko


Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30pm)

Why do we need to rethink about the way we study and make sense of global diplomacy? In this lecture, I explore how cultural approaches can illuminate important aspects of diplomacy which have not been adequately considered in much of the existing scholarly literature.

Beyond Women’s Day: Strengthening Communities of Female Talent in Japan


Friday, 20 May 2022, 12:00-12:45 pm (JST)/ Thursday May 19 at 10:00-10:45pm (CDT)

Tokyo College hosted a series of interviews with researchers about their efforts to promote equity for International Women’s Day in March 2021 and March 2022. This May, we would like to continue these efforts beyond Women’s Day and invite Ksenia Zolotareva, the Women@JP Career Pillar Lead at Google Japan, to speak about strategies for increasing female talent in the paid workforce in Japan.

“Globalisation, Empires, and the Making of the Modern World” Lecture by Prof. A. G. Hopkins


Friday, 13 May 2022, 15:00-16:30 (Doors open: 14:40)

This talk describes three phases of globalisation that have occupied the last five centuries and their role in making the world we know today. The first two phases were associated with the rise of Western empires, which integrated large parts of the world through a process of compulsory globalisation. The third phase, which began after 1945, brought empires to an end and produced the current world order - and disorder.

“Trade war, global pandemic, Ukraine: What we know, and don’t know, about the new political and economic order” Lecture by Mr. Bill Emmott


10 May 2022, 3:00-4:30 pm (Doors open: 2:40 pm)

Recent years have featured the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, each of which we can consider “radically uncertain” events that were not in any real sense predictable. This lecture seeks to identify how these events fit into conventional frameworks for explaining the world, how these events might have changed that framework, what elements of the framework remain unknown, and how we should respond to this age of uncertainty.

“Self-organization for Materials Synthesis” Lecture by Prof. FUJITA Makoto


Tuesday, 5 April 2022 (17:00-18:00 JST)

A wide variety of new structures are created using the phenomenon of “self-assembly,” in which molecules spontaneously assemble and order themselves. This presentation introduces the tiny world of manufacturing, where new structures are magically created simply by mixing metal ions and organic molecules.

【International Women’s Day Series】Strategies for Building Women- and Family-Friendly Workplaces


Wednesday, 16 March 2022 (available from 5:00pm JST)

Women in the workforce in the United States and globally continue to face gender discrimination in a variety of forms, such as wage discrepancies and harassment. Join us as we talk to psychology professor Ho Kwan Cheung about strategies for building more women- and family-friendly workplaces. 

Consortium of Humanities and Social Science Organizations Joint Symposium

イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium共催/Joint Event

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, (15:00-18:00)

Taking into account the diverse issues surrounding academia today, such as the nature of transdisciplinary knowledge, the interaction between academia and society, diversity, globalization, and digitalization, each organization in this symposium will boldly propose its vision for the future of human society and a new humanities and social sciences. By taking a three-dimensional approach to the intersection of these ideas, we will survey how the humanities and social sciences can contribute to both the development of academia and ourselves.

【International Women’s Day Series】Amplifying Insights from Underrepresented Users to Build More Inclusive Products


Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 4:15pm-5:00pm (PST) / Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:15am-10:00am (JST)

What can we learn through user research to proactively include and amplify the experiences of underrepresented users? This talk will look at the gap between how historically underserved users experience Airbnb vs. the "general population", and how this gap can help to guide where efforts should be focused to make our platform more inclusive.

Dialogues with UTokyo’s Partner Institutions “Perspectives on Society after COVID-19”: Economy and Society in the Post -COVID-19 World: The Road to Growth, Distribution, and Common Prosperity (Peking University)

イベント予定共催/Joint Event

Available on January 20 2022, 17:00

The world has struggled to cope with the COVID-19 that changes our economic system and deepens pre-existing social challenges like inequality. Amid these trying times, the facilitation of growth and distribution has emerged as an underlying theme of political discussions in Asia. What does it mean? How will they impact the relationships between countries?

The International Conference on Sustainability Science 2022 – Biodiversity as a source of solutions to sustainability challenges in urban, peri-urban and rural areas

シンポジウム/Symposiumパネルディスカッション/Panel discussion共催/Joint Event

January 18-20, 2022, 21:00-23:00

The International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS2022) will focus on biodiversity solutions for sustainable and resilient food systems, health and sustainability transition. The conference will facilitate creative discussions between academics, policy-makers and practitioners on how biodiversity-based solutions can contribute to sustainable development.
18 January 2022. 21:00 - 23:00 (JST)
Biodiversity solutions for sustainable and resilient food systems
19 January 2022. 21:00 - 23:00 (JST)
Biodiversity solutions driving sustainability transition – a lesson from SDG Labs.
20 January 2022. 21:00 - 22:45 (JST)
Biodiversity solutions for health

The UK’s ‘Indo-Pacific Tilt’, Lecture by Professor Alastair MORGAN


Thursday, 6 January, 2022, 16:00-17:30pm

In its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy carried out in March 2021, the British government published a brief framework for a proposed ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’ by the UK. Professor Alastair MORGAN will assess the ‘tilt’ in terms of UK diplomatic relations, including the promotion of values, defence and security policy, trade and investment, and the tackling of global challenges.

Dialogues with UTokyo’s Partner Institutions: The Sixth Cambridge – UTokyo Joint Symposium Series Session Three: Developing International Partnerships during and after the Pandemic

イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium共催/Joint Event

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 5:00‐7:00 pm (JST)/ 8:00-10:00 am (GMT)

UTokyo-Cambridge Voices, started in 2020, is a series of conversations held between researchers of the University of Tokyo and the University of Cambridge regarding a specific aspect of their research. This dialogue series is hosted by the two institutions under the framework of the “Strategic Partnership” and explores research from a range of academic disciplines. This year, three university-wide online symposia will be open to the public. The theme of session three is “Developing International Partnerships during and after the Pandemic ”.