On July 14 2022, the Department of Contemporary English in conjunction with The Center for Glocal Communication was extremely honored to hold a special open lecture by Sergiy Korsunsky, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan as one of our Faculty Development events this year.
To ensure that as many people could attend as possible, the event was held both in person in the Kiara Chapel at Ibaraki Christian as well as over a live online feed.
In the Kiara Chapel，in front of an audience of around eighty faculty, students, staff, and members of the media, Dr. Korsunsky’s lecture, “Ukraine and Japan in a new era of Global Transformation: The Sociocultural Aspect” focused on the state of the devastating war in Ukraine and how it is affecting the people, the culture and the future of the country.
In an expression of the importance of his love of his native language，he gave the lecture in Ukrainian. It was then expertly interpreted by Ms. Yuliya Zamorska into Japanese bringing rare insight to the art of live interpretation.
I received the lecture via live-streaming, and I am very glad that I was able to listen to your talk even under such circumstances. It made me think more deeply about what role each of us should play to make the world a peaceful place, instead of thinking of it as someone else's business.
It was a wonderful lecture. I was especially moved by his frankness about what the Ukrainian nation and people consider to be the most important issues of the current invasion of Russia, and how they view history.
We are also extremely thankful to all those who have already donated to help our Ukrainian student.
We are planning on welcoming three more students from Ukraine in the fall so if you would like to help, donations can be made with the information at this link.