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Posted on August 21, 2013
Saga University Library held an opening ceremony for the "American Shelf" of donated books by the U.S. Consulate Fukuoka, on Wednesday, April 24.
"American Shelf" is a partnership project of donating English books by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to promote understanding of American culture and society, study abroad, English education, to promote cultural exchange through the use of the books. And the partnership with Saga University is the fourth case in Kyushu, and the first with a university library.
Mr.Mark J.Davidson, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs and cultural exchange at the U.S. Embassy, and Mr.Michael Chadwick, U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka's Consul for Public Affairs, attended the ceremony. From the University, Saga University President Dr.Takao Hotokebuchi, Dr.Masahiro Seguchi, Director of Education and Student Affairs, Dr.Akira Nakajima, Director of Research, International and Social Contribution, Dr.Tsukasa Inaoka, Director of University Library, Dr.Hironori Hayase, Director of Center for Studies in American Society and Culture, attended and celebrated unveiling of the exclusive shelves corner.
After the ceremony, Minister-Counselor Mark J.Davidson gave a lecture on American society and culture under the theme of "America, noted places in the painting and current landscapes" with American painting of the 19th century as a motif. Then they had a time to do a question-and-answer session and exchanged opinions with students actively.
University Library plans to utilize this partnership to give lectures and seminars with the Fukuoka American Center.