2022-23 Speaker Series: Contested Histories, Webinar 2
The second webinar of our 2022-23 Speaker Series will focus on conflicting factors that shape historical memory of WWII in Asia, national identity, and civil society. These factors are addressed through exploration and discussion of Japan’s Peace Constitution.
Dr. Benjamin Peters, Director of the University of Michigan Global Scholars Program, is a scholar, researcher, writer, and editor in the areas of peace studies, Japanese and Costa Rican politics, nationalism, and antimilitarism.
Shadows of Racism, Voices UnHeard
Victims of racism have a long history of being silenced. Racism causes social isolation and divisions among individuals and communities. The Shadows of Racism, Voices UnHeard 2022-2024 project believes in engaging communities, education, and the creative arts. Learning from community embodied knowledge and perspectives, students will develop videos and produce art works to interrogate and reflect on the causes and consequences of discrimination. Students will, at the same time, deepen their understanding of the rich possibilities within diversity, intrinsic to Canadian identity. This project brings individuals and communities together, moves us emotionally, and alters our sense of self with others, and social justice agency.
Stand Against Racism Workshops
The workshops provide authentic conversations, creating possibilities for unlearning racism and inclusion in diversity.
To quote Eduard Glissant "our differences are no longer considered proof of an irreconcilable fact, but as part of what relates us, makes us beautiful, complex and creative." Once the conversations are held, they cannot be silenced. They question the legacy of racism, changing mindsets, and influencing behaviors, practices, and policies. The workshops celebrate self-worth and identities of racialized communities as equal members of and an asset to Canadian society.
iHistory Meets Humanity
iHMH consists of virtual workshops covering topics & issues on WW2 in Asia. By analyzing events and people, students will learn about untold histories, and their connections to racism, violence against women, forced labour, displacement, fragmentation of communities, social justice activism and more. Critical historical thinking, perspectives-taking, and empathy are fostered as we face the inhumanity of history as well as the humanitarian efforts during the war. Readings and film clips will be provided to teachers for student pre-learning to contextualize the workshop or as post-workshop follow-up.
2022-2023 Global Scholarship Program Global Engagement Internship at ALPHA Education
In partnership with the Global Scholars Program (GSP) at the University of Michigan, ALPHA Education is happy to welcome undergraduate students from various academic disciplines to participate in their Global Engagement internship, with the focus on global issues through historical perspectives. Students will learn the work of ALPHA Education as a non-profit charitable organization, the history of WWII in Asia, and work collaboratively on several projects to improve the work of ALPHA Education and the WongAvery Asia Pacific Peace Museum.
2022 Summer Internship
Humanity education lies at the core of ALPHA Education's mission. This summer program focuses on developing critical understanding of the history of WWII in Asia by addressing issues of humanity. Additionally, it offers unique opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students who are interested in the study and/or research on the history of WWII in Asia, which includes experiential project-based learning that develops historical thinking and explores social change.