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Japan American Conference Will Meet At Howard University

Fourteen of the 24 Patricia Robers Harris Public Affairs Fellows recently selected are shown
above at the gathering in the Bunche Center Forum. Some are doing their interships this summer, while others will receive Fall semester placements.

Record Set in Harris Selection

Six Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Fellows are serving their internships this summer from a record 24 qualifying for the prestigious awards in Spring-time competition.

The remaining 18 fellows will be placed in federal and District government offices and with private voluntary organizations in the fall semester, according to Mrs. Carol King, Harris Placement Officer.

Doctoral candidate Raymond Muhula, political science, is interning at the World Bank while premedical students, Tamisha Patrice Johnson Jr., Rialto, Cal.; Christina Pardo, Baltimore, N.Y.; and Kenny Fourniller, Trinidad, all rising juniors, are doing their internships at the Howard University Hospital in their respective projected specialties, pediatrics, surgery, and cardiology.

Gary, Ind., political science/journalism major Harold Eichelberger, is interning at WHUR-radio; and David Wayne Whitted, Jr., a sociology/Spanish major from Kennesaw, Ga., is performing his internship at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.

Among holdovers for the fall semester are LaShawn D. Harris, doctoral candidate in African studies/ history, Bronx, N.Y., who will intern in the Office of Congressman

Rangel; Miyanda N. Jackson, Stanton, Cal., international business, who is slated for a stint with First United Financial Group, LLC; Ebony Glenn, political science, Louisville, KY., the Youth Law Center; Chesney L. Blue, East Orange, N.J., School of Pharmacy, AFRICARE; and Courtney Mosby Jr., history major from St. Louis, Mo., who will intern at the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies.

Designated as Harris Fellows but not yet placed are the following: master’s candidate, Solange Garvey, political science, Washington, D.C.; Alex Dixon, Jr., business, Las Vegas, NV; Joi A. Huff, MA candidate, philosophy, East Point, GA; Kawana T. King, Jr., political science, Brooklyn, NY; Simone Marie Mason, junior, political science/English, Washington, D.C.; Jessica McGhee, English, Little Rock, AR; Terlena Murphy, Jr., communications, St. David’s Bermuda; Joi Cheree Ridley, print journalism, Country Club Hills, IL.; Lesley-Ann Roper, pre-med., biology, Silver Spring, MD; Andrea D. Corey, Jr., public relations, Baltimore; Christine W. Brown, Jr., political science/public policy, Chelsea, MA.; Victor G. Blackwell, Jr.; broadcast journalism, master’s degree candidate,, Baltimore; and Courtney Hill, political science, Fort Washington, MD.

Howard University plays host to the 54th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) July 24-August 3, with 72 delegates coming from 35 universities in the oldest student university exchange in existence between Japan and the US.

Through Dr. Charlie Mahone Jr., a member of the Japan-America Student Conference Board, HU is hosting the gathering of Japanese and American delegates in the Washington area, and Oberlin College in Ohio, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at San Diego will host in their respective regions. The month-long series of meetings in the U.S. will end August 21 in San Diego.

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center is co-sponsoring the gathering at Howard with the School of Business.
Ms. Hannah Peterson-McCoy, international business major and HU representative on the American Executive Committee, is coordinating arrangements along with Dr. Mahone.

In various settings across the U.S., the delegates will explore global security and human rights issues, focusing in Ohio on "present and historical activism" and in California on "cultural diversity". Washington provides the central location for the security and human rights concerns.

Against the backdrop of 9/11, the group will explore means to "Redefine the Role of Japan and the U.S. in Contemporary Social Issues." In a series of roundtables, they will discuss advanced technology and ethics; education in a multicultural society, environmental issues, historical perspectives through creative medium, political systems, religion and identity, social inequalities, and trade policy.

"The JASC promotes peace through mutual understanding, friendship, and trust between student leaders in the U.S. and Japan," according to Dr. Mahone.

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