2022 Seminars

Janic Fukuno Aguirre

Breaking the Maya Code:
An Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphics

Jack Spector

A False Reality: The Weird Implications of Relativity and Quantum Physics

Vivian Hurn

Anatomy and the Arts

Julia Berestecky

Get to Know Yourself! Personality Psychology

Jasper Shapiro

Exploring the Identities of Hafu and Hapa

Ethan Xu

Introductory Statistics: See the World in Data

Jasmine Mundo

Foodways Across Borders

Hina Tazaki

Politics and its Social Influences: Comparing and Contrasting Between Japan and America

Dean Centa

Sports and Globalization

2022 Seminars

1) Breaking the Maya Code: An Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphics

2) A False Reality: The Weird Implications of Relativity and Quantum Physics

3) Anatomy and the Arts

4) Get to Know Yourself! Personality Psychology

5) Exploring the Identities of Hafu and Hapa

6) Introductory Statistics: See the World in Data

7) Foodways Across Borders

8) Politics and its Social Influences: Comparing and Contrasting Between Japan and America 

9) Sports and Globalization

1) Janic Aguirre Fukuno (Yale College)

2) Jack Spector (Swarthmore College)

3) Vivian Hurn (Purdue University)

4) Julia Berestecky (Mount Holyoke College)

5) Jasper Shapiro (Wesleyan University)

6) Ethan Xu (New York University Abu Dhabi)

7) Jasmine Mundo (University of California, Los Angeles)

8) Hina Tazaki (Rutgers University)

9) Dean Centa (Yale University)

2021 Seminars

1) Women’s Health Around the World 

2) Introduction to Film Studies

3) Language, Gender, and Sexuality 

4) Justice for Asian Americans: End the Hate Crimes

5) Musical Biology: Exploring the Intersection Music and Science

6) Exploring Space: Beyond the Abyss

7) The Biopsychosocial Framework of Adolescent Development

8) Comparative Directors: Disney & Miyazaki 

9) The Personal Narrative: Crafting Your Story

10) English Composition Through the Fairy Tale Tradition

11) Dance and Identity: A Short History 

1) Aya Sakonju (Mount Holyoke College)

2) Kiely Quinn (Mount Holyoke College)

3) Crystal Gong (University of California, Santa Barbara)

4) Risa Kanai (New York University)

5) Sage Hamm (Indiana University)

6) Alawab Aldulimy (Stanford University)

7) Maria Monalisa Victorio Handoko (University of Notre Dame)

8) Grace Jiyoung Lim (New York University)

9) William “Bill” Cheng (New York University)

10) Bette “Betsy” Wo (University of California, Los Angeles)

11) Mei Geller (Princeton University) 

2020 Seminars

1) Behind the Scenes: Exploring the Epidemiology of a Pandemic

2) American Food as Immigrant History

3) Capitalism and China

4) Introduction to Educational Linguistics

5) Buddhist Art from India to East Asia

6) Child Psychology

7) Green Chemistry

8) Reality: Not as Simple as it Seems

9) Western Literature: Poetry

10) Children, Childhood, and Narratives

1) Connie Chang-Chien (Johns Hopkins University)

2) Miriam Alvarez Rosenbloom (Columbia University)

3) Yuewei Wang (University of British Columbia)

4) Cameron Sheehy (Vanderbilt University)

5) Xiran Tan (Wesleyan University)

6) Miwa Johnstone (Middlebury College)

7) Jill Mankoff (Wellesley College)

8) Andrea Lam (University of Manchester)

9) Rey Takahashi (Willamette University)

10) Zun Zheng (Columbia University)

2019 Seminars

1) Introduction to Translation Studies: Issues Around Language and


2) Photography in Everyday Life

3) Exploring Concepts in Physics

4) Understanding American Humor

5) Don’t Be Nervous!

6) Reading Cinema

7) Introduction to Philosophy: Plato

8) Social Psychology: Learning, Identity, and Self

9) Hidden Christian and Fumi-e in Tokugawa Japan

10) Struggles of Asians in America

11) Connecting Through Food: From Sushi to Spaghetti 

12) Computers in Our World: Programming with Python 

2018 Seminars

1) Modern Japanese History Through Horror

2) Kung Fu

3) Communication Through Dance

4) Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

5) The Spectrum of Identity and the Single-Story

6) Introduction to Refugee Studies

7) Cross-Cultural Sociolinguistics: Reflection on Language, Culture, and Society

8) Cultural Appropriation: The Exploitation of Culture

9) Searching for the Theory of Everything

10) Exploring General Chemistry: Structure and Reactions

11) Scientific Understandings of the Nuclear: From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Chernobyl

      and Fukushima

12) Bit by Bit: Computers and Our World

2017 Seminars

1) Eastern Values, Western Science: Application of Eastern Philosophy in a Westernizing 

    East Asia

2) Truth and Probability

3) Considering Computers: Introduction to Technology and Programming

4) Virology

5) How to Sing Pop

6) Searching for the Tower of Babel: Introduction to Historical and 

    Comparative Linguistics 

7) Environmental Sustainability

8) History of Northern Renaissance Art

9) Hero or “hero”?

10) Women in Politics: A Comparative Approach Between the US and Japan

11) Introduction to International Relations

12) What Makes You, You

2016 Seminars

1) Everyday Psychology

2) Identity and Ethics in Pop

3) Facing Uncertainty and Traveling in Time

4) Introduction to Film Making

5) Humans as Social Beings

6) Humor: Comparing the Japanese and Americans

7) The History of Northern Renaissance Art

8) Introduction to Forensic Science

9) Journalism and Its Impact on the World

10) Programming in Python: An Introductory Course

11) The Question of Identity: Asians in America

12) Cross-Cultural Sociolinguistics: Untranslatability Between English and


2015 Seminars

1) Hip Hop Culture: Community, Identity, and Globalization

2) Communism in the Modern World

3) History of Alchemy and Magic

4) Life and Absurdity

5) English as a Global Language

6) Scientific Literacy

7) Fundamentals of Immunology

8) Reading, Recollection, and Reality

9) Narratives of Japanese Diaspora 

10) Music the Transcendent Language

11) Foundations of Mathematics: Truth, Meaning, Completeness, and


12) Culture of the World: Food and Mythology

2014 Seminars

1) Introduction to Experimental Film

2) Introduction to Metaphysics

3) Good, Evil, and the Modern Hero

4) Me Versus the World: Holden Caulfield’s Rebellion Against “Phoniness”

5) Morals and Money: Ethics in Financial Markets

6) Music and Madness

7) Spotlight on Senkaku

8) The Art of Public Speaking

9) The Hero’s Journey: The Fundamentals of Creative Writing

10) Women as Change-Maker in Chinese Literature: From Tradition to Modernity