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The 43rd Osaka University Kaitokudo for the 21st Century Courses: 14 Courses regarding Earthquakes and Reconstruction

2011-9-14 (Wed) - 2011-12-16 (Fri)

The 43rd Osaka University Kaitokudo for the 21st Century Course "14 Courses regarding Earthquakes and Reconstruction" will be held from Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, December 16, 2011.

Osaka University was the first national university to hold courses open to the public in 1968. These courses were called Osaka University Open Courses in the beginning, but the name was changed to Osaka University Nakanoshima Courses in 2004. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the university's foundation, in 2011, the name has been again changed to Osaka University Kaitokudo for the 21st Century Courses.

This year's courses mark the 43rd year of courses open to the average citizen.

Under the common theme of "We Lead the Way," courses regarding earthquakes and reconstruction will be provided.

Dates: From Wednesday, September 14, 2011 ~ Friday, December 16, 2011 (14 classes in all)

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center 4-3-53 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Tel: 06-6444-2100

Intended for: the general citizen and students

Seating space at the venue: 80 for each sub-theme

Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sub-theme A -- Earthquakes and Nuclear Power Plants -- Building Peace of Mind

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (6 classes in all)

  • A-1, Wednesday, September 14, "What has the Great East Japan Earthquake taught us? -- How should we prepare for the coming Nankai Earthquake?," HIRONO Tetsuro, Associate professor, Graduate School of Science
  • A-2, Friday, September 16, "Earthquakes and Earthquake Resistant Buildings,"  MIYAMOTO Yuji, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
  • A-3, Wednesday, September 28, "The Past and the Future of Nuclear Power Generation -- in the wake of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accidents," KATAOKA Isao, Professor, The Graduate School of Engineering
  • A-4, Wednesday, October 5, "Thinking about Future Energy System from an Urban Perspective,"  SHIMODA Yoshiyuki, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
  • A-5, Wednesday, October 12, "The Dispersion of Radioactive Substances from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants," FUJIWARA Mamoru, Associate professor, Research Center for Nuclear Physics
  • A-6, Wednesday, October 19, "In order to Correctly Understand the Effects of Nuclear Disasters on Living Things," NAKAJIMA Hiroo, Assistant professor, Graduate School of Medicine

Sub-theme B -- Knowledge for Recovery -- People's Heart and Everyday Life

 Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - Friday, December 26, 2011 (8 classes in all)

  • B-1, Wednesday, October 26, "Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction and Landscapes of Everyday Life," KOURA Hisako, Associate professor, Graduate School of Engineering
  • B-2, Wednesday, November 16, "Medical Care for Disaster Victims at the Time of a Great Disaster,"  KUWAGATA Yasuyuki, Associate professor, Graduate School of Medicine
  • B-3, Thursday, November 17, "'Recovery' as viewed by Clinical Philosophy," NAKAOKA Narifumi, Professor, Graduate School of Letters
  • B-4, Friday, November 25, "Economic Damage from the Great Disaster and Economic Recovery,"  HAYASHI Toshihiko, Professor emeritus, Osaka University, Professor, Doshisha University
  • B-5, Wednesday, November 30, "The Real Situation and Outlook for Disaster Volunteers," ATSUMI Tomohide, Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • B-6, Wednesday, December 7, "Communication Support at the Time of Disaster -- Information Systems in Risk Management," NISHIDA Shogo, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science
  • B-7, Wednesday, December 14, "From Mental Care to Bodily Care -- Empathy Connection and Unconscious Religiosity,"  INABA Keishin, Associate professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • B-8, Friday, December 16, "Behavior and Psychology in Emergencies,"  KUGIHARA Naoki, Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences

For more information, please go to the Kaitokudo for the 21century website.

Application periods:

  • Sub-theme A: Monday, August 29 ~ Friday, September 9 for
  • Sub-theme B: Tuesday, October 11 ~ Friday, October 21 for

Participation fees

  • ¥6,200 for all 6 classes of sub-theme A
  • ¥7,200 for all 8 classes of sub-theme B
  • ¥9,200 for all 14 classes of sub-themes A & B
  • ¥1,500 per individual class

These courses are conducted as part of Kaitokudo for the 21st Century's "The Great East Japan Earthquake Project" SQALF (Symposium Q&A Lecture Future). For more information, please go here.

Date: 2011-9-14 (Wed) - 2011-12-16 (Fri)
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University, Planning and Coordination Office, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.
URL: http://21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp/21ckaitokudokoza_h23
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century
info@21c-kaitokudo.osaka-u.ac.jp

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