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Public intellectuals and the Representation of Reality
issues and perspectives for reconciliation

What Lecture
Speaker(s) Tanvir Mokammel, Jennifer Santiago Oreta, Andrew K. L. Soh
When 2009-11-10
from 13:00 to 15:30
Where Multimedia Lecture Room, Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, East Campus, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Tokyo
Language English
Organized by
Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation
Hitotsubashi University Fukino Fund
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Public intellectuals work  in between, with their own strong voices. 
They are intellectuals, artist, academics, activist, persons in 
society, connecting the local voices to the outside world, multiple 
global  bodies, as well as the neighboring communities.  They have 
their own professional  means and insight by which they represent 
realities, interpret them and translate to the other bodies for the 
purposes of enhancing the understanding,and reconciliation. Through 
their activities, they enrich their own insights and skill of 
observation, and deepen their  recognition of the layers of 
realities.   They are most effective cores of civil society.
Three public intellectuals, from Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia,  
all of them have achieved outstanding contributions,  will speak 
their works , their current focuses, issues and perspectives, with 
messages to the students and young intellectuals in Japan.

1:00       introduction: Yoshiko Ashiwa
1:05      Tanvir Mokammel :
1:35      Jennifer Oreta :
2:05      Andrew Soh: philosophy and action in the field of education

2:05-3:00   discussion

1. Tanvir Mokammel (Bangladesh)
Filmmaker/Author/Director, Bangladesh Film Institute/Bangladesh Film 

Mr. Mokammel studied English literature at Dhaka University, was a 
left-wing journalist and then worked as a left-wing activist to 
organize the landless peasants of rural Bangladesh. Always a film 
enthusiast, he has so far made five full-length feature films and 
eleven documentaries. Some of his films have received national and 
international awards. LALON (2004), a feature film on the 19th-
century mystic song-composer Lalon Fakir, LALSALU (A Tree without 
Roots) (2001), a story about a Mullah who established a false shrine 
in a poor village, and KARNAPHULIR KANNA (Teardrops of Karnaphuli) 
(2005), a documentary on the plight of the indigenous people of the 
Chittagong Hill Tracts, are among those screened in Japan. A prolific 
writer, Mr. Mokammel has written articles in newspapers, poems and 
literary criticisms. His important books include Syed Waliullah, 
Sisyphus and Quest for Tradition in Novel, A Brief History of World 
Cinema and The Art of Cinema.

2. Jennifer Santiago Oreta (Philippines)
Instructor, Dept. of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University

Ms. Oreta holds an M.A. in Education Management from De La Salle 
University, and has attended advanced courses on peace and conflict 
studies at the European Peace University in Burg (Austria) and at 
Uppsala University (Sweden). She received her Ph.D. in Political 
Science from the University of Santo Tomas in June 2009. Her field of 
specialization is gender and security, and she argues that a lopsided 
security sector arena dominated by men creates more insecurity than 
safety, especially for women. Her research work and interests also 
include small arms proliferation and gun violence, security sector 
reform, and people’s democratic participation. An activist 
since her college days, she continues to be involved in social and 
political issues. She is currently the convener of the Philippine 
Action Network on Small Arms (PhilANSA), a local group that advocates 
for stricter gun control and lobbies for the passage of an 
international Arms Trade Treaty. She is also involved in the 
International Peace Research Association (IPRA) as the convener of 
the Youth and Peace Commission and co-convener of the Gender and 
Peace Commission. She is a Board member of the IPRA Foundation, and 
an active member of Pax Christi International.

3. Andrew K. L. Soh (Malaysia)
Instructor, Dept. of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Ateneo de 
Manila University

Mr. Soh graduated with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 2006 
with a thesis entitled “Wei Ziran: A Daoist Ecological Ethic of 
Continual Becoming” from Ateneo de Manila University, where he 
also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. His research 
is in the field of Daoist Philosophy as a living philosophy in 
addressing contemporary questions of ecology and human living. An 
instructor with the Department of Philosophy at Ateneo, he teaches 
courses in Daoist Philosophy, Philosophy of the Human Person, and 
Philosophy of Religion. As a teacher, he is committed to a holistic 
formation of persons through an education of the mind and heart, and 
is a strong advocate of service learning in which students are given 
an opportunity to incorporate their engagement with persons on the 
margins with their philosophical reflections in the classroom upon 
the meaning of being human. A Chinese-Malaysian who has lived in the 
Philippines for the past ten years, Mr. Soh finds himself in an 
ongoing dialogue of life in which diversity holds distinct 
possibilities for unity—a genuine harmony of distinct cultures 
and perspectives.

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