Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Fulbright scholar from Japan comes to A&M-Kingsville, offers three public presentations, Feb. 15-16

KINGSVILLE - January 25, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (January 25, 2007) — The political science department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host Fulbright Scholar Dr. Masako Hiraga, Feb. 15-16, for a series of free public presentations.

Hiraga is a professor of linguistics at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Hiraga holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of London and is a widely published international scholar.

She will speak at three different events on campus. The first is on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Blue Room at Fore Hall. Hiraga will give the presentation, “The Interplay of Metaphor and Iconicity in Haiku.” Dr. Cathy Downs, associate professor of English, serves as coordinator of this language and literature-based event and can answer additional questions at 361-593-2514.

At 6:30 p.m., Hiraga gives her second presentation, “Voice and Silence: Differing Values in British-Japanese Intercultural Education Settings,” in room 233 of Rhode Hall. Dr. Jaya Goswami, assistant professor for bilingual education, coordinates this event and can answer additional questions at 361-593-4413.

Hiraga’s third presentation will be given as an International Affairs Group (IAG) brown bag lunch event on Friday, Feb. 16, at noon in room 219C of the Memorial Student Union Building. The topic of the presentation will be, “The Tao of Learning: Japanese Metaphors for Learning.” More information on this presentation is available from Dr. Nirmal Goswami, professor of political science, at 361-593-3506 or Dr. Richard Hartwig, professor of political science, at 361-593-3507.

Hiraga’s visit to A&M-Kingsville is supported by Fulbright’s Occasional Lecturer Program. The local sponsor is the department of political science at A&M-Kingsville and the department-based IAG.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was developed by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who, in the aftermath of World War II, saw a need for promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world. Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception, more than 273,500 participants chosen for their leadership potential have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions.

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