Dr. Patricia Maclachlan is a well-known Japan expert who teaches, researches, and writes at the University of Texas, Austin. She serves as the Professor of Government and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, and teaches courses related to Asian politics, international relations, and political economy.Read More
Danny Meza serves as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, a role in which he has helped to shape legislation, consult on trade deals and navigate matters of national security. Along with Congressman Castro, Meza played a vital role in the creation of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus, the first organization of Capitol Hill lawmakers devoted to the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries.
Dr. Samuel C. Morse is a renowned art historian, teacher, curator, and expert on the art of Japanese Buddhism. He currently serves as the Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Throughout her impactful career in the private and public sector, Dr. Deanna Marcum has helped provide libraries, students, elected officials and businesses with unprecedented access to valuable information.
Marcum currently serves as Senior Advisor to Ithaka S+R, a firm that provides research and strategic guidance to academic and cultural institutions. In her previous role as managing director for the organization, she helped secure grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research related to online learning, and from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digital preservation of books and documents.
James Kondo’s multi-faceted career spans the worlds of diplomacy, business, geopolitics, technology, entrepreneurship, academia and public health.
He currently serves as Chairman of the International House of Japan (I-House), a non-profit organization established after World War II to expand Japan’s collaborations with countries around the world. Over the years, I-House has championed democracy, freedom, dialogue, and human rights throughout the world. Under Kondo’s leadership, I-House has evolved to address today’s global challenges, including friction between China and the U.S., the rising tides of nationalism and isolation in many countries, increasing wealth disparity, and the new frontiers and dangers of disruptive technology.
Dr. Sheila A. Smith is a renowned scholar, author, educator, and speaker in the world of Japanese politics and foreign policy. She serves as Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a New York and Washington, DC based membership organization that has provided American leaders and citizens with insights, research and guidance about international affairs for a hundred years.
Paige Cottingham-Streater leads the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC), an independent agency of the United States government devoted to strengthening ties between the two countries. Under her supervision, JUSFC broadens and sustains the Japan-U.S. relationship by issuing grants, developing artistic and cultural exchanges, supporting policy dialogue and expanding educational opportunities.
Cottingham-Streater first became fascinated with Japan after traveling there with her family as a child, and her interest expanded through participation in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. She earned a degree in Government and Asian Studies at Connecticut College and studied to be a lawyer at George Washington University; before assuming leadership of the JUSFC, she held a diverse range of public service-related positions including staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Treasury, law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice, counsel and legislative assistant for New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne, Director for the U.S. Japan Project at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and Deputy Executive Director for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Read More
Council on Library and Information Resources
The Japan-United States Friendship Commission
Library of Congress: Digital Collections Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies at Stanford University
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
Japan-United States Friendship Commission
National Association for Black Engagement with Asia
United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange
Constitutional Change in Japan: A CFR InfoGuide
Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power
Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China
Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
International House of Japan
Asia Pacific Initiative
Health and Global Policy Institute
Silicon Valley Japan Platform
Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization (Princeton University Press)
2017 U.S. Congressional Delegation to Japan
CULCON Next Generation Task Force
- Featuring: Dr. Patricia Maclachlan, Professor of Government and Asian Studies; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor in Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin
- Featuring: Danny Meza, Chief of Staff at U.S. House of Representatives
- Featuring: Dr. Samuel Morse, Amherst College
- Featuring: Dr. Deanna Marcum, Senior Advisor, Ithaka S+R
- Featuring: James Kondo, Chairman, International House of Japan