Monday, March 31, 2008

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

An entire April-full of events is planned at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

First up is a "Kick-Off Reception" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (1 April) in Room 405 of the IUPUI campus center. Then comes a ladies-only fashion show of Middle Eastern and Asian Vogue at 6 p.m. Friday (4 April) in Room 405C of the Campus Center (tickets are $3).

Other events include a screening of "Bride and Prejudice" at 11 a.m. 8 April in Room 305 of the Campus Center, a discussion of the "Crisis in Burma and its impact on IUPUI" at noon 10 April, a fashion show of traditional dress at 6 p.m. 14 April in room 405 of the Campus Center, and a discussion of henna body art at noon 15 April in Room 305 of the Campus Center.

Also, a discussion of the "Imprisonment of Americans of Asian Descent during World War II and the Post 9/11 Implications for Muslim Americans" at noon 16 April in Room 148 of the Campus Center, screeming of "Memoirs of a Geisha" at 11 a.m. 23 April, a presentation by Lisa Ling at 7 p.m. 23 April in the Campus Center's Multipurpose Room , and "Blended Identity: A Discussion on Transracial Adoption" at 11:30 a.m. 24 April in Room 148 of the Campus Center.

For more information, see website or contact Thint T. Cho, 317:278-6002.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Raúl's Cuba

Marifeli Pérez-Stable (right) will discuss ""Raúl's Cuba: Domestic and International Challenges" at 4:15 p.m. Thursday (3 April) in Room C103, Hesburgh Center, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.

Dr. Pérez-Stable is vice president for democratic governance at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC, and a professor of sociology at Miami’s Florida International University. She is also the director of “National Dialogues on Democracy in Latin America,” a project sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue with the cooperation of the Organization of American States.

An abstract of her presentation:
"In February 2008, Raúl Castro assumed the presidencies of the Cuban councils of state and ministries, choosing hard-liner José Ramón Machado Ventura as first vice president of both councils. In his inaugural speech, Raúl announced a restructuring of the state administration, hinted at economic reforms, and said he would delay naming ministers until the end of 2008.....

"Raúl’s principal domestic challenges are to maintain political control and improve living standards. His international obstacles include improving relations with the US, and maintaining positive relations with Hugo Chávez, while lessening Cuban dependence on Venezuelan oil."

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Two Worlds, One Language Through Art

Watch for announcements concerning a major collaboration of the arts in Indy. In addition to an exhibition of more than sixty paintings by the faculty at the Shandong College of Arts in Jinan, China, an entire calendar filled with activities is planned.

It's being held 28 June through 23 August at the Indianapolis Art Center, in collaboration with the Confucius Institute of Indianapolis, Lilly Chinese Culture Network, Asian American Alliance, Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts and the International Center of Indianapolis.

Friday, March 28, 2008

A Musical Tour of Three Continents

The University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Series will conclude its 2007-2008 season 7 April with a whirlwind tour of three continents.

The free concert features music of French, Spanish, Hungarian and Argentinean composers, along with the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Assistant Professor John Berners (at right), who teaches music composition at UIndy.

Highlights will include soprano Kathleen Hacker performing the music of Saint-Saëns, Marko Petričić playing works by Soler and Ginastera on the bayan accordion, and the premiere of Berners’ Divertimento for oboe, trombone and string bass. Harry Miedema and friends conclude the evening with a unique jazz rendition of Gershwin’s “Summertime.”

The concert will take place in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the university's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis. For more information, call 317:788-3255 or visit the website.

Performers include Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Marko Petričić, bayan accordion; David Bellman, clarinet; Cathryn Gross, clarinet; Louise Alexander, violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Perry Scott, cello; Pamela French, oboe; Blake Schlabach, trombone; Peter Hansen, bass; Richard Ratliff, piano; Harry Miedema, tenor saxophone; Gary Walters, piano; and Jack Helsley, bass.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Former Mexican President Comes to Indiana

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox (left) comes to Indiana for a two-city event on 10 April. First up, an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis. Then, he'll be in Evansville for two presentations.

Fox leads off the 2008 International Speaker Series sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at the University of Evansville. His keynote address begins at 7 p.m. in the Victory Theatre in Evansville.

In between the Indianapolis lunch and the 7 p.m. speech, he'll talk to U of Evansville students at 4 p.m. in the Shanklin Theatre, followed by a media presentation there at 4:45 p.m.

For information and tickets for the Victory Theatre presentation, contact Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, 812:488-2455.

Turkish Consul General Speaks in Indy

Kenan Ipek, Consul General of Turkey, will discuss "Turkish Foreign Policy: Orientations, Priorities and Issues" during a presentation from 3-4:30 p.m. tomorrow (27 March) in Room 405 of the Campus Center at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis.

The event is cosponsored by American Turkish Association of Indiana, Turkish Students Association of IUPUI and the Department of Political Science at IUPUI.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Simon Expands in Japan

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. has opened a 95,000 square foot expansion of the largest outlet center in Japan, reports Inside INdiana Business.

The Gotemba Premium Outlets near Tokyo now totals 485,000 square feet of leaseable area with 200 stores and restaurants. The center is in a tourist area of Japan that has more than 45 million visitors a year.

Monday, March 24, 2008

ISU Inks Pact with South Korean University Today

Indiana State University is signing a memorandum of understanding today with Sungshin Women's University of Seoul, South Korea, according to Inside INdiana Business.

ISU President Lloyd W. Benjamin III (pictured) and Sungshin President Shim Hwa Jin will participate in the signing. The South Korean education official is leading a 35-member delegation to the Terre Haute campus. The memorandum is a one-year agreement to discuss ways the universities can cooperate.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal Dance at Purdue

BJM Danse (Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal) will perform two of its signature works in a program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (26 March)in the Loeb Playhouse of the Purdue Stewart Center, West Lafayette, according to the Purdue News Bureau.

The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations as part of the World Stage series. The program features "MAPA" by choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, a creation that combines classical ballet and Brazilian popular dance, and "Les Chambres des Jacques," an intimate work from lauded choreographer Aszure Barton. The musical score, which includes classical music, Québécois folk tunes, as well as klezmer, gypsy and Yiddish melodies, provides a canvas for the choreography.

The event includes a pre-show discussion featuring BJM Danse artistic director Louis Robitalle, who will discuss the works to be performed that evening and the aesthetic direction of the company. The talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (26 March) in Stewart Center, Room 320, on the Purdue campus.

Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices, 765:494-3933 or 800:914-SHOW. Tickets, also available through Ticketmaster, are $26 for adults and $19 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students.

The date of this performance was changed from its originally scheduled date of 10 April due to a change in the company's touring schedule.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Poetic Justice of Immigration Law

Prof. Linda Kelly Hill, M. Dale Palmer Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, will speak on "The Poetic Justice of Immigration Law" at 1 p.m. Thursday (27 March) in the Wynne Courtroom of the law school.

Professor Hill joined the faculty in the fall of 2002, teaching family law, immigration law, trusts and estates, and conflict of laws. A former faculty member at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Fla., she has written extensively on issues surrounding immigration law as well as domestic violence and the treatment of domestic violence in immigration law.

For more information, contact Shaun Ingram, 317:278-4789.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dyngus Day in South Bend

Politics and culture collide in northern Indiana on Dyngus Day -- the day after Easter (this year: 24 March). It's a religious holiday in Eastern Europe (especially Poland) that probably has pagan roots. Celebrations are common in the United States in regions with large populations with Polish, Czech and Slovakian heritage.

But, it takes a particular twist in Indiana. According to Wikipedia, "In South Bend, the day is often used to launch the year's political campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West Side Democratic Club, the M.R. Falcons Club or in local pubs, where buying drinks is favored over handshaking."

This year, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea will visit South Bend on Dyngus Day to kick off Hoosiers for Hillary at the West Side Democratic Club, 617 South Warren Street (time to be announced).

Sounds like a lot more fun than the traditional celebration in Poland, where, early in the morning, boys awaken girls by pouring buckets of water on their heads and then "beat" them on the legs with switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches. The "victim" rewards her "attacker" with a decorated egg, then ties a ribbon to the boy's whip -- more ribbons, more bragging rights. (Girls will save the best eggs for the boys they like best.) Women get revenge in the afternoon by pouring a bucket of cold water on the men. Older men are given Třešňovice (cherry brandy) instead of eggs.

No matter what it says in The Indianapolis Star this morning (22 March), Easter marks the end of Lent, not Dyngus Day!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Indiana's International Festivals

Major thanks to the F.C. Tucker Company of Indianapolis for publishing a brochure the Nationalities Council of Indiana has been trying to get funded and printed for decades! "International Festivals", mailed to its extensive list this week, includes details on sixteen different cultural celebrations around the state, from "Taste of Noble County Ethnic Festival" on 17 May in Ligonier to our very own International Festival 20-23 November in Indianapolis (all the festivals -- and more -- are on our calendar). As it says in the brochure, "We embrace our mixture of heritages and ethnicities with annual city festivals that feature crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, parades, and, most of all, food (because Hoosiers have never met a cuisine that wasn't worth celebrating!)." Next time you see a Tucker agent, say thanks!

Festivals included (in chronological order): Taste of Noble County Ethnic Festival (17 May), Dragons on the Ohio (6-7 June), Indiana Highland Games (14 June), International Festival of Arts and Culture (14 June), Oldenburg Freudenfest (18-19 June), Middle Eastern Festival (18-20 June), Swiss Days (24-26 July), Pierogi Festival (25-27 July), Jasper Strassenfest (31 July-3 August), Schweizer Fest (4-10 August), Swiss Wine Festival (21-24 August), Little Italy Festival (29 August-1 September), Greek Festival (5-6 September), Columbus Scottish Festival (13-14 September), Seymour Oktoberfest (2-4 October) and Indy's International Festival (20-23 November). Of course, there are many more ethnic festivals than these in Indiana, but this brochure is a great start!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

China Business 2008: Expanding Opportunities for U.S. Companies

Minister Xie Feng, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the United States will be the keynote speaker for a seminar on 26 March titled "China Business 2008: Expanding Opportunities for U.S. Companies".

Sponsored by the Indiana District Export Council, the seminar takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 409 of the Campus Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis. Fee is $75 per person or $65 for two people from the same company.

Opening Remarks are planned for 8:30 a.m. by Dr. Zao C. Xu, professor at Indiana University School of Medicine at IUPUI and executive director of the newly established Confucius Institute of Indianapolis.

For more information, contact Mark Cooper, 317:582-2300 or 317:294-0242. Cooper is Director of the Indiana Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Global Leaders Network at IU

Indiana University has announced formation of a Global Leaders Network at IU's Kelley School of Business.

It will be funded by a gift from Fred G. Steingraber (pictured), a 1960 IU graduate who was chairman and chief executive officer of A.T. Kearney. Steingraber's gift provides $1.5 million in funding for GLN, which will consist of a worldwide network of business leaders and experts who will provide timely insight and unique commentary on a wide range of global business issues.

The GLN, initially implemented through the Kelley School's online MBA program, Kelley Direct, will provide learning resources for students in all Kelley School programs. Ultimately, the GLN will provide a global expert knowledge network that will serve alumni, students, faculty, business leaders, corporations and other IU programs.

The second part of the $2 million gift from Steingraber will dedicate $500,000 to provide resources for students aspiring to a career in management consulting by supporting Kelley's burgeoning consulting academy, institute and workshop.

Monday, March 17, 2008

International Interfaith Symposium

An innovative series of programs kicks off tomorrow evening with “Stories and Photos from the Middle East, 1978-2003”, a presentation by Bill Foley, photojournalist, at 7 p.m. in Marian College's Allison Mansion.

The event, titled “International Interfaith Symposium”, kicks into high gear on Wednesday (19 March), with all events in the Campus Center at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

The first speaker (2 p.m.) is Klaus Martin Finzel, founder of the International Interfaith Initiative, followed by Giles Hoyt (discussing German philanthropist Mas Kade), Robert J. Helfenbein (on faith and civil society), Bill Foley and others discussing the Middle East, Shaw Towfighi (Persian New Year), Henry Cole (citizen diplomacy), Ref. Felipe Martinez and John Clark (Hispanic America).

Thursday’s (20 March) packed schedule, also in the Campus Center of IUPUI, begins with a youth dialogue (10 a.m.) and continues through the day with Dr. Chalmer Thompson, Ayumi Suzuki, Terry Morris-Downs, Sally Brown, Michael Greven, Charlie Wiles, Dr. Kevin Logan and more.

A film festival and book discussions will take place on Friday and Saturday (21-22 March). Exhibits will be open on the fourth floor of IUPUI’s Campus Center between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. All events are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule is here. For more information, see website or call Charlie McDonald, 317:283-2730.

International Interfaith Initiative is a collaborative effort between Indiana University School of Education’s Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, Peace Learning Center, Max Kade German American Center, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, and members of the Indianapolis community - all working toward the realization of the vision to create a network that facilitates and initiates interfaith cooperation to strengthen civil society.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Russia After Putin

Experts on Russian politics will discuss "Russia After Putin" at noon Friday (21 March) in State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.

Prof. Elizabeth Wood (History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Prof. Stephen Hanson (Political Science, University of Washington at Seattle), Ambassador Jim Collins (former United States Ambassador to Russia), and Prof. Regina Smyth (Political Science, Indiana University) will discuss the events of the recent Russian residential elections and the future of Russian politics.

The panel discussion is cosponsored by the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute, Department of History, Department of Political Science and Office of the Vice President for International Affairs. For more information, contact Andrew Burton, 812:855-3087.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

"Sisters of the Good Death" at IU

Documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen will visit Indiana University and speak at a screening of her new documentary, Sisters of the Good Death, according to the IU News Bureau.

Sisters of the Good Death (see photo) follows the filmmaker's journey to the town of Cachoeira in northeastern Brazil to uncover the origins of a three-day Catholic festival that has taken place for more than 200 years. A celebration of emancipation from slavery in the Americas, the festival mixes Catholicism with the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé, freedom, women's resistance and Afro-Brazilian culture.

The film and Richen's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday (19 March) in Room 111 of Woodburn Hall, 1100 East Seventh Street, Bloomington. It is being presented by African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Black Film Center Archives and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Canadian Link for Indy

According to Inside INdiana Business, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has reached a licensing and collaboration agreement with Transition Therapeutics Inc. The Canadian company specializes in an emerging class of potential disease-modifying therapies for diabetes patients. The agreement gives Lilly exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize the therapies.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Middle East in Stories and Photos

“Stories and Photos from the Middle East, 1978-2003,” is the topic for a talk by Bill Foley (left) at Marian College in Indianapolis.

Foley is an award-winning photojournalist who grew up in Indianapolis and has worked in 47 countries over the last 30 years, including nine years in Cairo and Beirut. His series on the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

Foley’s talk, at 7 p.m. 18 March in the college's Allison Mansion, is sponsored by The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian College, in conjunction with the International Interfaith Initiative, and is part of the Global Studies Speaker Series.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

The event is part of the 2008 International Interfaith Symposium, “Faith, Civil Society, and International Relations,” which will take place 19-22 March at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Presentation on African Chimpanzees at UIndy

An anthropologist who is making headlines with her pioneering studies of African primates will speak on 28 March at the University of Indianapolis.

Jill Pruetz (right) shattered preconceptions about animal intelligence by documenting a group of chimpanzees in Senegal that use deliberately sharpened sticks to spear small mammals hiding in tree hollows, according to UIndy. Before she and a colleague published their observations last year, the use of tools to hunt vertebrate animals was thought to be an exclusively human ability.

An associate professor of anthropology at Iowa State University, Pruetz will discuss her work in a free public presentation at 7 p.m. 28 March in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Purdue Biomass Refineries in Iraq

According to the Associated Press, the United States Army is preparing to deploy to Iraq two four-ton biomass refineries designed to turn piles of trash into electricity. Each can run for 20 hours on a ton of trash, producing enough power to light a small village.

The novel machines were built by defense contractors and Purdue University scientists, the AP reports, as part of the Army's push to reduce troops' diesel fuel use in Iraq.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Concert in German at Second Pres

Alan Bennett (pictured) sings the role of Evangelist in Sunday's performance of "The Passion of St. John" by Johann Sebastian Bach in Second Presbyterian Church. The concert, sung in German, begins at 6 p.m. in the church, 7700 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis.

Mr. Bennett, associate professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, also has an active career in oratorio, recital and opera. Also performing are the Sanctuary Choir, other soloists, and the Festival Orchestra.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bionanotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

Researchers from Purdue University will join colleagues from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology in India next week for a symposium that is expected to draw more than 100 researchers and students from across the globe.

"Bionanotechnology and Pharmaceuticals: A Glimpse into the Future" takes place Thursday and Friday (13-14 March) in Hyderabad. Lectures, a panel discussion on transforming pharmaceutical manufacturing, and a poster session for students and researchers are planned.

Pankaj Sharma (pictured), associate director for operations and international affairs at Purdue's Discovery Park and associate professor of industrial technology, is co-organizer of the conference.

Funding for the event is provided by Discovery Park, Oncological Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy, Asian Research Initiative, Office of the Vice President for Research at Purdue as well as the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, the Department of Science and Technology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the government of India.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

"Coming to America" Feature in The Indianapolis Star

Marred only by its selection of three immigrants from one demographic, Dan McFeely of The Indianapolis Star has penned a provocative front page piece on immigration to Indy in today's newspaper.

Check it out here, at least as long as The Star lets the public access the site! (Photo, at right, by The Star's Matt Detrich, shows Juvenal Gamarra, who emigrated from Peru.)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Internationalizing the Curriculum at IUPUI

A symposium on "Internationalizing the Curriculum at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis" is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 20 March in Room 409 of the IUPUI Campus Center.

The prospectus notes, "IUPUI is dedicated to graduating students who understand and function well in the globally interdependent world of the 21st century. We will offer practical suggestions to bring international perspectives into yout courses, cover current internationalization efforts at IUPUI, and provide resources to leverage IUPUI’s international partnerships in your classrooms and research."

This event is cosponsored by the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning and the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Click here for registration information.

Presenters are Susan Buck Sutton, David Jan Cowan, Albert Ho and E. Angeles Martínez Mier. Dr. Sutton (pictured) is Associate Vice President for International Programs at Indiana University and Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs at IUPUI. Dr. Cowan is the Director and an Assistant Professor in the Architectural Technology Program within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
Dr. Ho is an associate professor of the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Dr. Mier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry at IUPUI.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Indiana University-Kenya Partnership Honored

The International Center of Indianapolis announced today (7 March) that it will honor the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership as the recipient of its annual International Citizen of the Year Award, to be presented in September. In addition, ICI will recognize other as yet unnamed organizations and groups that have an Indiana-Kenya tie and meet the recognition committee’s criteria.

Immersion Spanish Institutes

A series of immersion Spanish institutes will be held next week by Continuing Studies of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Beginning, level II and level III will be held concurrently from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday (10 March) through Friday (14 March)in Community Life and Learning Center, 515 East Main Street, Carmel. Fee is $559.

"Spanish Conversation: A 3-Day Immersion" will take place at the center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday (12-14 March). Fee is $339.

For registration, contact Continuing Studies, 317:278-7600.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Purdue as Hub for Global Collaboration

Purdue University President France Córdova (right) said Purdue needs to continue what it has been doing and serve as a hub for global innovations and collaboration, according to Inside INdiana Business. She said such a role helps open new markets for the state, while attracting talent and access to new opportunities.

"We are working to increase the number of U.S. students at Purdue who take part in all types of international experiences, especially formal learning experiences abroad directly related to their profession," she said. "After spring break next week, our College of Engineering will have had 193 students in foreign universities this year. The percentage of Purdue Engineering students in study abroad is twice the national average and is growing at four times the national rate."

She made the comments during a speech to the Economic Club of Indianapolis today (6 March).

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Economics and the Commercialization of German Heritage

The monthly programs of the Indiana German Heritage Society are open to the public at no charge. The topic for March is a provocative one: "Economics and the Commercialization of German Heritage". Presenter is Brian Greer, a student of German and history at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, who will discuss how communities have utilized their German heritage to achieve touristic success while building community spirit.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (12 March) in the Athenaeum/Das Deutsche Haus, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis. Those who'd like to participate in an informal, no-host dinner will gather for a Stammtisch in the Rathskeller Restaurant at the Athenaeum at 6:30 p.m.

For information on this meeting and/or the Indiana German Heritage Society, contact Giles Hoyt, 317:274-2330.

German-American heritage in DuBois County, Indiana, will be explored during the 24th annual meeting and symposium to be held 14-15 March in Jasper. Cooperating groups are the IGHS, Jasper Deutscher Verein, Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc., and the Jasper Partnership Commission.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Supplying Japanese Customers

"Becoming an Effective Supplier to Japanese Customers: Successful Strategies for Doing Business with the Japanese" is a seminar to help American companies that are interested in supplying to Japanese companies understand how cultural and business practices affect their ability to break into this market segment.

Sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Indiana in partnership with Japan Intercultural Consulting, the seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 28 March in the 5th floor auditorium of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Instructor is Gary Jamison, Consultant, Japan Intercultural Consulting.

The fee for JASI members is $195; members of the public may attend for $275; attendance is limited to 50. Registration information is here.

The Japan-America Society of Indiana, a member of the Nationalities Council of Indiana, is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Peerless Pump Buys Canadian Company.

Peerless Pump Company, which has its corporate offices in Indianapolis, announced today (3 March 2008)that it has acquired Flometrico of Burlington, Ontario.