Full List

In order from the most recent speaker.

Spring 2018

115. Wednesday, July 18th, 2018. Story of Silent Ainu: An Indigenous Issue of Hokkaido. Mai Ishihara, Research Student, Graduate School of Literature, Hokkaido University.

114. Thursday, July 12th, 2018. A Q&A with Erv Karwelis, President, Idol Records (Dallas, Texas).

113. May 19th, 2018. Investigative Journalism in Japan. Jon Mitchell, Journalist, Okinawa Times.

112. Thursday, April 26, 2018. Revitalizing and Transmitting Endangered Languages: The Present State and Future Perspectives of Belarusian and Ainu Languages. Tatsiana Tsagielnik, Ph. D. student, Hokkaido University.

*111. Thursday, April 19, 2018. Good Place, Bad Place: Lessons from Speculative Fiction about the World We Want. Eli K.P. William, Science Fiction Author.

110. Thursday, February 14, 2018. A Glimpse into the World of Climate Research at NASA, Rei Ueyama, NASA Scientist.

109. Friday, January 19, 2018. The history, culture and present day status of New Zealand Maori, Matt Cotter, Lecturer, Hokusei Gakuen Junior College.

Fall 2017

*108. December 11, 2017. Myanmar Faces: Still struggling. What can we do? Dr. Marshall Smith, Obihiro University of Agriculture.

107, Part I, Monday, December 4th, 2017. Finding Your Creative Voice and the Courage to Use it. Delaina Miyazaki, Singer/Songwriter and Narrator.

107, Part II, Monday, December 4th, 2017. A lunchtime performance by Delaina.

106. Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. GETTING YOUR BOOK OUT: How to Self-Publish in English from Japan-E-books and Paperbacks. Wilhelmina Penn, Columnist and Author.

105. Monday, November 20, 2017. My Life as a Politician: What You Think I Do, What I Really Do. Jon Heese, Tsukuba City Council Member.

104. Thursday, November 16th, 2017. Strategies for Reducing Language Anxiety: How can we create a less-stressful English classroom. Satomi Fujii, Ph. D. candidate, Graduate School of International Media and Communications, Hokkaido University.

103. Friday, November 10th, 2017. A Q&A with Nigel Turner, Director, TrueNoord Airplane Leasing, Former Director, Finnair and Former CEO, British Midland Airlines.

102. Monday, October 30th, 2017. My Experience at NASA. Isao Hoshi, Former NASA Mathematician.

101. Monday, October 23rd, 2017. Japanamerica: Anime vs. Hollywood. Roland Kelts, Journalist and Writer. Frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The Guardian, and others.

Spring 2017

100. July 14, 2017. A lunchtime performance by Not Wonk.

99. July 7th, 2017. Decolonization through Indigenous Relationships: The Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program. Jennifer Teeter, Lecturer, Kyoto University.

98. June 22nd, 2017. A Gift from Manoa. Professor Hideki Funatsu, Department of Economics, Otaru University of Commerce.

97. May 29th, 2017. A lunchtime performance by AMP Trio (New York).

96. May 25th, 2017. Talents for Otaru’s Next Generation Tourism, Henri Ozawa, General Manager, Grand Park Otaru Hotel.

95.  April 27th, 2017. A Q&A with Professional Hockey Goalie Yoshihiro Kuroiwa, HK Prizma Hockey Team (Latvia).

Two Events with Ben Jansson

94 (Part 1). April 24th, 2017. Playing Jazz in America and Japan, Ben Jansson, Saxophonist.

94. (Part 2). April 24th, 2017. A lunchtime performance by the Ben Jansson Quartet.


Fall 2016

93. February 19th, 2017, Born into Internment: The American Concentration Camps in WWII. Sally Kobayashi, Born in the Minidoka Internment Camp, Idaho.

92. January 27th, 2017, Cultural difference in the representation of tissue/organ economies of “the gift of life”. Dr. Kaori Sasaki, Associate Professor of English, Otaru University of Commerce.

91. January 25th, 2017, The Fate of the TPP. Dr. Tomohiko Kobayashi, Associate Professor of Law, Otaru University of Commerce.


Two Events with David SweetLow

90. Part I. December 5th, 2016. Songwriting. David SweetLow, Singer and Songwriter.

90. Part II. December 5th, 2016. A lunchtime performance by David SweetLow.


89. November 24th, 2016. Neil Hartmann, Hokkaidian for Life. Neil Hartmann, Photographer and Filmmaker.

88. October, 17th, 2016. UN Sanctions: How Do They Work? Professor Kazuto Suzuki, Department of Public Policy, Hokkaido University.

87. October, 3rd, 2016. A lunchtime performance by Glow and the forest.


Spring 2015

86. July 15th, 2015. A lunchtime performance by Youryokutai Club.

85. July 14th, 2015. Teaching English to Romanian Learners–trends, challenges and opportunities. Professor Marinela Burada, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Transylvania University of Brasov.

84. July 10th, 2015. Picture This! Using English Picture Books for Everyday English, Every Day. Diane Brown, Associate Professor, Sapporo University.

83. July 6th, 2015. The Two Poles of Education (through a student’s eye), Maria Sasaki.

82. July 2nd, 2015. The Fuji Vision Aid Mission for Overseas Refugees. Dr. Akio Kanai, Chairman and CEO, Fuji Megane and 2006 UNHCR Nanzan Refugee Award Recipient.

81. June 29th, 2015, Controlled Opposition within The Post Political Condition. Gilad Atzmon. Philosopher and Writer, Novelist.

80. June 23rd, 2015. Technology-mediated Tasks. Dr. Marta González-Lloret, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Dept. of Languages and Literature of Europe and the Americas (LLEA), University of Hawai’i.

79. June 10th, 2015. Memories of Karafuto in Hokkaido. Dr. Philip Seaton, Professor and Head of Japanese Studies, Hokkaido University.

78. June 4, 2015. Nation Brand Japan: Politics, Economy, Culture. Dr. Nancy Snow, Visiting Professor and Abe Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo, Huffington Post blogger.

77. April 16, 2015. Japan’s Rightward Shift Since World War II. His Excellency Mr. Kunihiko Makita, Ambassador to Egypt (2004-2007). Ambassador to Singapore (2001-2004). Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Hosokawa, Murayama and Hata.

76. April 9, 2015. Janne Vaatainen, Olympic Ski Jumper (1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics), World Cup Ski Jumper (1992-2001), Head Coach, Finland National Ski Jump Team (2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics), Coach of the Tsuchiya Home Ski Team.


Fall 2014

75. January 29th, 2015. My Experience as an Interpreter and Translator in the UK. Dr. Noriko Inoue, Associate Professor of English, Otaru University of Commerce.

74. January 22nd, 2015. From Galaxies to Planets: the universe inside your computer. Dr. Elizabeth Tasker, Astrophysicist, Assistant Professor of Physics, Hokkaido University.

73. December 11th, 2014. The Magic of Jonas Sjobergh.

72. November 27th, 2014. Q&A with U.S. Army Major John McFarlin, Hokkaido Liaison Officer, U.S. Army.

71. November 20th, 2014. Women in the Workforce, Theodore Diehl, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Sapporo.

*70. November 12, 2014. A Lunchtime Performance by Toru Ogawa, Toru Ogawa, Musician and FM Otaru radio personality.


Three events with Nigel Turner

69, Part 1. November 6th, 2014. Q&A with Nigel Turner, Director, Finnair.

69, Part 2. November 6th, 2014. An Introduction to Britian. Nigel Turner, Director, Finnair.

69, Part 3. November 6th, 2014. The Airline Industry and Corporate Governance. Nigel Turner, Director, Finnair.


68. October 30th, 2014. Understanding and Being Understood-The challenges facing Japanese companies overseas. David Stone, Director, TS Tech UK.

*67. October 14th, 2014. Surviving in International Commerce—Government, Culture, Law, and the News Media. The Honorable Andrew Thomson, Former Australian Deputy Foreign Minister, Minister of Sport and Tourism 1997-1998, Minister in charge of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australian Member of Parliament, 1995-2001.

+66. September 5th, 2014. Hokkaido: A Foreign Journalist’s View. Eric Johnston, Deputy Editor, The Japan Times.


Spring 2014

Two Sides of Gilad Atzmon

*65, Part 1. July 24th, 2014, The Primacy of the Ear: A Talk and Saxophone Demonstration by Gilad Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon, Saxophonist, BBC Jazz Album of the Year 2003, Member of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Has performed with Paul McCartney, Sinead O’Connor and on Pink Floyd’s new Endless River album.

*65, Part 2. July 24th, 2014, Cognitive Partitioning and the Future of the West. Gilad Atzmon, Philosopher and Writer, Novelist.


64. July 10th, 2014, Tasks and Technology. Dr. Marta González-Lloret, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Dept. of Languages and Literature of Europe and the Americas (LLEA), University of Hawaii.

63. June 25th, 2014, The US-Japan Alliance, Ms. JoEllen Gorg, Principal Officer, US Consulate, Sapporo.

62. May 29th, 2014, US-Japan Differences in Medical Education, Christine Kwan M.D., Teine Keijinkai Medical Center Co-Director, Junior Residency Training Program, On-Site Coordinator, General Internal Medicine Residency Program.

*61. May 22nd, 2014, Intercultural Communication and English Language Learning, Ms. Tomoe Nishio, Ph.D. candidate, University of Georgia.

+60. May 13th, 2014, Mr. Ian Brazier, Australian Consul, Sapporo.

*59.  April 24th, 2014, Too Big To Fail, Fred MacCallum, former Manager Supplier Development Engineer, General Motors (1974-2007).


Fall 2013

*58. January 31st, 2014, Learning the History of Indigenous Peoples through Cultural Heritage, Dr. Mayumi Okada, Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University.

57. November 1st, 2013, The Benefits of Studying Abroad, Professor Toshihiko Kobayashi, Otaru University of Commerce Entrepreneurship Graduate School.

56. October 10th, 2013, Homeschooling, Mr. Christopher Bozek, Kitami Institute of Technology.


Spring 2013

*55. January 25th, 2013, Big Law: The American Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization. Jeffry Duffy, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Sapporo.

54. January 24, 2013, Khan, Tattoo Artist

53. January 18th, 2013, From Taiwan to Oceania: Austronesian Languages and Human Dispersal in the PacificDr. Ritsuko Kikusawa, National Museum of Ethnology

52. January 17th, 2013, “Say What?” Diachronic Developments of the Verb SAY in Some Western Austronesian Languages, Professor Lawrence Reid, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Hawaii and National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.

Fall 2012

*51. Friday, December 14th, 2012 Satoshi Date, Fashion Designer.

*50. Thursday, December 6th, 2012 Japanese English Education is almost a crime: Lessons from my TOEFL Teaching Experience. Shigeru Yoshida, President, SEA School for Educational Alternatives.

49. Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 Professor Toshikazu Aiuchi, Social Business for Social Capital, Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Otaru University of Commerce.

48. Friday, November 16th, 2012 The Art and Engineering of Umbrellas, John DiCesare, Designer, DiCesare Designs.

47. Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Scott Berry, Head Coach, Levanga Hokkaido Basketball Team.

*46. Thursday, November 1, 2012. Intercultural Understanding through Painting, Jeremie Bouchard, Artist.

*45. Friday, October 26th, 2012 (3pm, Sapporo Satellite) Japanese Hospitals: Trends and Challenges. Dr. James Tiessen, Director of the MBA Program, Ryerson University (Canada).

*44. Thursday, October 25th, 2012 (2:30pm) Tradition Taiji, Mr. Simon Wearne, Emmy-nominated Cinematographer.

*43. Thursday, October 18, 2012, Purpose, politics, and practice of Teaching History in the USA. Professor Ted Weeks, Department of History, Southern Illinois University.

42. Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, A Talk and Roundtable Discussion with Mr. Nigel Turner, former CEO of British Midland Airlines.

*41. Thursday, October 11th, 2012, The World Music Trip with Kenjah, Kenjah, Singer and Musician.

*40. Wednesday, September 26th, 2012, The U.S.-Japan Alliance. Mr. David Schlaefer, Political-Military Affairs Section Chief, US Embassy Tokyo.

Spring 2012

*39 July 12th, 2012, “Commercial Dispute Resolution”, Mr. Hideo Nakamura, Professor of Law, Otaru University of Commerce.

38 July 6th, 2012, “My Experience in an Otaru Elementary School”, Minori Tanaka, Master’s candidate, Graduate School of Commerce, Otaru University of Commerce.

*37 July 5th, 2012, Tomozo, Artist.

*36 June 14th, 2012″ A Lunchtime Performance by Takashi Hamada”, Mr. Takashi Hamada, Ragtime Guitarist.

*35 June 7th, 2012 “Fragile shelter: The Beginning of our Corner of the World”, Mr. Hidemi Nishida, Spatial Designer.

*34. June 1st, 2012 “Investment Opportunities in Afghanistan”, Naseer Shafaq, Vice-President of Momand International, Kabul, Afghanistan.

*33. May 30th, 2012, “The Role of Japanese Assistance in Trade to Developing Countries: How We Can Get Involved”. Ms. Misaki Kodama, Ph.D. candidate, Nagoya University and former representative to Japan’s mission to the United Nations, Geneva.

32. May 24th, 2012 “The Fund Raising Game: How Companies Raise Money”, Takaaki Hoda, Associate Professor of Corporate Finance, Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Otaru University of Commerce.

31. May 22nd, 2012, “The Role of US Army in Japan (USARJ)”, Major Eric Nebeker, Hokkaido Liaison Officer, U.S. Army.

*30. May 21st, 2012, “Self and Subjectivity in Thought and Language”, Dr. Heiko Narrog, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University.

*29. May 17th, 2012, “The Road to Tomodachi – Reflections on the U.S.-Japan Alliance”, Mr. John Taylor, Consul for Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate, Sapporo.

*28. May 10th, 2012, “Re-versing Dialogs on Progress and Complexity in Orality and Literacy”, Ms. Meghan Fidler, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

27. April 27th, 2012, “Inside the Flower and Willow World”, SAYUKI, Geisha.

*26. April 23rd, 2012, “Ways of Using Moodle in Colleges and Universities”, Mr. Peter Ruthven-Stuart, Future University Hakodate.

*25. April 13th, 2012, “Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT): A New Solution for Old Problems?”, Dr. John Thurman, Associate Professor of English, Center for Language and Culture Studies, Otaru University of Commerce.


Fall 2011

24. January 27th, 2012, “A Foreign Learner’s Nightmare: The Case of Rendaku”, Dr. Mark Irwin, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Systems, Yamagata University.

*23. January 12th, 2012, “Teaching Japanese in the U.S.”, Ms. Mayumi Hirano, Lecturer in Japanese, State University of New York at Binghamton.

*22. December 9, 2011, “Does task-based language teaching (TBLT) promote language acquisition?”, Mr. Tim Blankley, Associate Professor of English, Kokugakuin Junior College.

*21. December 2nd, 2011, “Word associations and second language vocabulary acquisition”, Mr. Ian Munby, Lecturer, Hokkai Gakuen University.

*20. November 17, 2011, “Intercultural experiences — Reflected in Myself” , Emeritus Professor Osamu Takai, Department of Applied Lingusitics, Otaru University of Commerce.

*19. November 7, 2011, “Genes or Culture?: What Babies, Apes, Dogs, Savants and Alex the Parrot Can Tell Us About Human Language”, Dr. Daniela Caluianu, Professor of English, Otaru University of Commerce.

*18. October 24, 2011, “Designing Online Learning Experiences for Audio-visual Language Learning”, Dr. Goh Kawai, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University.

17. October 11, 2011, “Using the CALL Classroom to Improve English Communication Skill and TOEIC Preparation”, Dr. F., Assistant Professor, Center for Language and Culture Studies, Otaru University of Commerce.


Spring 2011

16. July 13, 2011, “Bridging English through the Japanese Educational Curriculum”, Mr. Michael Kaneko, Graduate Student, Graduate School of Commerce, Otaru University of Commerce.

*15. July 4, 2011, “About My Life: Path, Events, Faith and Purpose”, Mr. Yukio Ozaki, Professor of Fine Arts, Chaminade University and Living Treasure of Hawaii.

*14. July 1, 2011, “It Shall Be as You Shall Have It: Opportunities and Challenges to Studying In Japan”, Dr. Brian Masshardt, Director, East Asian Studies Program, Musashi University.

*13. June 27, 2011, “The Multimedia Revolution”, Mr. Mark Austin, Visiting Professor of Print Media, India Institute of Journalism and New Media.

*12. June 21, 2011, “The U.S. Role in the Global Economy”, Mr. John Ries, Consul General, United States Consulate, Sapporo.

*11. “The Long Leftward March in American Graduate Education”, Dr. Pat O’Brien, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Hokkai Gakuen University.

*10. June 9, 2011, “Graduate Education in America”, Mr. Masanobu Nakatsugawa, Graduate Student, Department of Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

9. May 23, 2011, “English Education in Laos”, Dr. Mark Holst, Center for Language and Culture Studies, Otaru University of Commerce.

8. May 19, 2011, “Follow-up Turns in L2 Talk”, Dr. Tim Greer, Associate Professor, School of Languages and Communication, Kobe University.

*7. May 12, 2011, “Prescriptivism and Descriptivism”, Grammaticality and Acceptability, Language Education and Japan” Dr. Shawn Clankie, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Center for Language and Culture Studies.

*6. April 22, 2011, “Language, Law and Our Life”, Professor Syugo Hotta, School of Law, Meiji University.

*5. April 15, 2011, “Get Moving With Moodle”, Professor Thomas Goetz, Department of Social Welfare, Hokusei Gakuen University.


Fall 2010

*4. December 13, 2010, “What it means to be a real man: Comparing Male Images from Japan and Poland”, Ms. Agnieszka Pochyla, Doctoral Student, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Media and Communication.

*3. December 6, 2010, “The Otaru Onsens Case-Ten Years On”, Arudou Debito, Activist.

*2. November 1, 2010, “Otaru: Dying Port or Sleeping Beauty?”, Simon Jackson, President, NorthPoint Network and former president of the Hokkaido International Business Association.

*1. October 18, 2010, “Curiosity, Observation and Questioning”, George Polley, Writer and Poet.


*lecture available on YouTube

+ a co-sponsored OUC English Lecture Series/Hokkaido International Business Association (HIBA) event.