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  • Locations: Nagasaki, Japan
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Hamline applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Program Description:
JTerm PMS3975Japan J-Term 2018

Touching Ground Zero:  Lesson From a Sister City

“Touching Ground Zero” would examine what the bombing of Nagasaki has meant there and in Saint Paul (the two cities are Sister Cities), what it has meant to the debate on nuclear weapons, and the course would include an exploration of the cultural, political, and economic life of Nagasaki.  Students would learn about the role the three sectors---public, business and NGO---play in Japan.

Students would spend the first ten days on Hamline’s campus, learning from leaders of the Saint Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Committee about the history of the relationship, and be introduced to life in Nagasaki today.  The students would read about and discuss the bombing of Nagasaki, and begin a discussion of the nuclear weapons today.  Students would spend a week in Nagasaki and stay on the campus of the University of Nagasaki.  They would visit and spend time at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall and the Peace Park.  The class would meet with survivors, the mayor, business executives, NGO leaders and artists.  Roundtable discussion with Nagasaki students would be arranged. Upon return to Saint Paul, students would reflect on their visit, and discuss the future of nuclear weapons, and the future of the Sister City relationship.  Students would be required be keep a daily journal.

    • To gain an understanding of power of nuclear weapons
    • To experience the cultural, political, and artistic environment of Nagasaki
    • To learn the work of the three sectors (nonprofit, governmental, and business) in Japan
    • To further and strengthen the sister city relationship between Nagasaki and Saint Paul

About the Professor:  
Jim Scheibel is currently Professor of Practice at Hamline University in the School of Business.  He focuses on teaching nonprofit management and public administration, and utilizes the community as his classroom.  Jim has a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. 

Jim Scheibel,, 651-523-2545

Dates of Travel:
January 7-16, 2018

Mandatory On-Campus Classes:
January 2 - 5, 2018

Estimated Cost: 
$5,925 - Minimum 10-14 students 
$5,175 - Minimum 15-20 students

*There is an application fee that is separate from the cost of the course.
April 12 - May 16: $225
May 17 - October 2: $275

Course Information:
• Grading: A—F (four credits)
• Hamline Plan: D (pending)
• Prerequisites: None 
• Required Text: TBD

Included in the Itinerary:
• Round-trip airfare between MSP—NGS
•  Lodging
• Ground transportation within Nagasaki
• Daily breakfast and some group dinners
• All entry fees to museums, and sites required for class
• International Emergency Medical Insurance

Not Included in the Itinerary:
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Meals not included in the itinerary
• Cost of individual recreation
• Laundry, personal expenses, telephone charges, internet access

Contact Information: 
Please contact the Global Engagement Center or schedule an appointment to learn more about this program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.