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Osaka University Future Talks #19

2015-6-15 (Mon) 17:00 -

"The Power of Words - Between Science and Literature"

All persons connected with OU as well as members of the general public are cordially invited to attend. Text interpreting services are available at the Convention Center, Suita campus.
Please let us know if you need special needs for participating in this event.
Advance registration is not necessary. There is no charge for attending these events. Seating is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.


NAGATA Kazuhiro (professor, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kyoto Sangyo University; emeritus professor, Kyoto University; poet)

Date and Time

Monday, June 15, 2015 -- 17:00~18:30 (Doors open at 16:30)


Main Venue:

MO Hall, Convention Center, Suita campus

Venue capacity: 500

Satellite Venues:

You can view a live stream of the lecture at any of the following sites:

Lecture Overview

"The Power of Words - Between Science and Literature"

I've been a poet for just about as long as he has been a life scientist. But if you think about the personality of most scientists, this can seem like a stark contradiction. While wrestling with that very contradiction and pouring all of my energy into both of my passions, I've finally come to accept that I chose the right path after all. One of the reasons I feel this way is that I've realized the power of words. Being Japanese, I feel like I have no trouble expressing myself in the Japanese language. But is this really the truth? Putting your deepest feelings into words can oftentimes be very difficult. I'd like to talk about my experiences and discuss the power of words and the difficulty therein.

Upcoming Future Talks

Future Talks #20 -- Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lecturer: SUZUKI Akira (2010 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University)

*For video of previous Future Talks, please click here.


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