GS holds joint lecture with Yokohama National University 

Fostering international ties, the UST Graduate School organized a joint session with the graduate students and academic officials from Yokohama National University (YNU) on February 23, 2024. 

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Director of the Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET), Dr. Eric Zerrudo, presented his paper titled “Cultural Heritage Mapping – Philippine Experience.” He lectured about how culture was injected into Philippine laws and how it evolved in the past decades to cater to the different cultures in the country. He then showcased the various efforts of CCCPET to teach cultural mapping all over the country with the use of the cultural mapping toolkit. 

With students from YNU raising interest on the topic of UST as an internment camp, Program Lead for History Dr. Augusto De Viana indulged the audience with his discussion on UST World War II Internment Camp and Camp O’Donnell Internment Camp. The discussion focused on the daily lives of the internees inside the UST internment camp and featured the cartoon illustrations by one of the internees – Teedie Cowie Woodcock. Dr. De Viana emphasized the need for this history to be taught to  future generations. 

Last to present was YNU’s representative Ms. Audrey Summers Whittle, a doctoral candidate, who presented her paper titled “Did Nationalism End Religious Rule? A Comparative Analysis” where she delved on the perception of nationalism in countries where religion is widely recognized. She focused her study on India, particularly Hinduism, as it is the oldest religion in the world. Although the Indian government did not allow formal research on their religion, Ms. Whittle was able to compile various beliefs through actual observation and conversations from the local people. At the end of her presentation, she solicited thoughts and comments from the audience to further enhance her study.

The joint lecture was attended by administrators of the UST Graduate School, Director of the Office for International Relations and Programs, Dean Emeritus Professor Dr. Lilian J. Sison, and YNU professor Dr. Takaaki Kobayashi.

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