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R-MC to Host “3.11.11 - A Weeklong Commemoration”

Feb 01, 2018


statueOn March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northeast Japan, triggering a tsunami wave that killed more than 22,000 people, including Randolph-Macon College alumna Taylor Anderson '08. Anderson was teaching English in Ishinomaki, Miyagi with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program when she died.

From that tragedy, a relationship between Randolph-Macon College and the people of the disaster-stricken Tohoku region of Japan developed, thanks to generous support from the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Japan Council's TOMODACHI Fund, and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships.

During the week of March 11-17, 2018, Randolph-Macon College will commemorate the lives lost on 3.11.11 and the rich relationships that have developed since then. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to these events, the McGraw-Page Library will display an exhibit of materials and artifacts related to the 3.11.11 disasters held in its collections and in the personal collections of the many Randolph-Macon College faculty and staff who have visited the disaster-affected areas since 2014.

Sunday, March 11
3:00 p.m., Oliver Classroom, McGraw-Page Library (2nd floor)
Film Screening: "Living Through March 11, 2011"

This documentary chronicles how one elementary school in Ishinomaki, Japan responded to the 3.11.11 disasters.

Monday, March 12
4:30 p.m., SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons
"My Experiences in the Great East Japan Earthquake"

Yasushi Maruoka, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, will share the story of his experiences on 3.11.11 and in the aftermath of the storm. A reception will follow the lecture.

Maruoka, professor of international relations at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU), is teaching several courses at R-MC, including International Economics; International Economic Development; and a special topics course on tourism. Randolph-Macon College and ISU have an ongoing partnership, and students and faculty from R-MC and ISU have visited one another's campuses and participated in a research exchange supported by the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund and the U.S.-Japan Council's TOMODACHI Fund.

Friday, March 16
4 p.m., Copley Science Center, Room 100
Film Screening: "Life Goes On"

"Life Goes On" is a 2018 London International Filmmakers Festival selection. A Q&A with Director Mia Yoon, and moderated by R-MC German & Film Studies Professor Mine Eren, will follow the screening. A reception will take place after the Q&A.