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In August 2019, an eight-day international seminar will take place at Hiroshima University in Japan. Hiroshima University, JMU’s Center for Global Engagement, and JMU’s Honors College, along with the scholarship from Hiroshima University and Japanese government, will fully support the participation of four outstanding JMU undergraduates in this seminar.

JMU is a member of an organization called the International Network of Universities (INU). The INU’s members include institutions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The annual INU summer seminar brings together students from INU universities to consider global citizenship and peace and to investigate a certain theme. This year’s theme is “The Health of Democracy".

The eight-day seminar involves a series of lectures, workshops, and role-plays led by professors from INU member universities. The summer school also involves special visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and the annual Peace Memorial Service (which takes place on the morning of August 6, the day that and American airplane dropped the atomic bomb over central Hiroshima). Please see the attached flyer for more information on the seminar.

As noted above, Hiroshima University, the Office of International Programs, and the Honors College will support four students’ participation in the 2019 summer seminar; at least one of these students will be an honors student. Specifically, airfare, round-trip transportation from a Washington airport, and all program fees (including admission to the museum and the memorial service) will be covered. Students will be able to apply for JASSO scholarship, in the amount of 80,000 yen, which will cover accommodation and meals and will come in a form of reimbursement. Students should also budget $200-$300 for incidental costs.

Program dates

The academic program of the summer seminar will begin on August 4, 2019 and conclude on the evening of August 12, 2019. Students wishing to apply to the seminar should be available from August 2, 2019 through August 13, 2019.


Previous participants have found the Hiroshima seminar to be an extremely rewarding academic and life experience. Any student who will return to JMU for studies in Fall 2019 may apply to the 2019 seminar.

If you meet the conditions listed above and would like to apply, please (a) make sure that you are available from August 2, 2019 – August 13, 2019, and (b) take the following steps:

(1) Complete the application form.

(2) Write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay that presents a cogent response to the following prompt:

“Democratic deconsolidation, democratic decay, democratic backsliding . . . Whatever you call it, it is clear that liberal democracy is under threat in many countries. Even in countries where liberal democracy had once seemed to be ‘the only game in town,’ the attitudes, behaviors, and habits that once sustained democracy can no longer be taken for granted.”


Do you agree or disagree with this quotation? Support your argument with evidence from two countries in two different world regions.


Then, regardless of your agreement or disagreement with the quotation, discuss two institutions or practices that you believe would help to promote liberal democracy and/or improve liberal democracy’s functioning.

(3) Send the application document and the essay (as two separate MS Word files) to Ms. Emily Wishon ( in JMU’s Center for Global Engagement. All materials must be received by FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of JMU faculty members.


Questions about the seminar and the application process may be addressed to Ms. Wishon (

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