OIST Foundation Webinar to Explore Commodore Perry’s Connection to Science

Expedition Japan: Commodore Perry’s Hidden Interest in Science

Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

Admission: Free

Everyone knows about Commodore Perry’s expedition to Japan, but did you know about his passion for science and the role this played in U.S.-Japan relations?

Learn about the unknown scientific aspects of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s expedition to Japan through this exciting OIST Foundation webinar. The webinar features Dr. Matthew Perry, a wildlife scientist and descendent of Commodore Perry. It will touch upon the ways in which this early US-Japan interaction formed a base for long-term U.S.-Japan science diplomacy and exchange.

Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, will moderate.

This event is sponsored by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation and co-Sponsored by the National Association of Japan America Societies, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, and the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange US.

About Dr. Matthew Perry

Dr. Matthew C. Perry is Emeritus Scientist, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey. His twin passions are wildlife biology and the history of his namesake ancestor, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who negotiated a treaty of peace and amity between Japan and the United States in 1854.

After graduating from college in 1963, the younger Perry served in the U.S. Navy aboard a ship in the western Pacific Ocean and was involved with the first two amphibious landings in Vietnam. Perry’s career in wildlife management and research included 40 years at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. He retired in 2011 but continues to do research and write and edit scientific publications.

Perry has participated in eleven CIE-US cultural exchange programs in Japan and the U.S. He serves on the Board of the CIE-US and on the Board of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society (Fairhaven, MA). He is a member of the Japan Society of Boston and the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC.

About OIST

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school offering a five-year PhD program in Science. More than half of the faculty and students are recruited from outside Japan, and all education and research is conducted entirely in English.

About OIST Foundation

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity chartered and headquartered in New York. Its mission is to promote innovative global scientific breakthroughs by enhancing and strengthening science and technology research and related programs at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and to empower Americans to support the sustainable development of Okinawa and deepen U.S.-Japan relations through OIST.

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