Speaker, Author and Professor
of Ethics, Intercultural Ethics,
Medical Ethics & Asian Philosophy

Cross Cultural Communication Research

The usual rubric in bios start with something like “I was born in …”  Instead, I’ll start from the present, 2013.  Why?  Because our “now” unveils where we were and how we got here.

2012 was my year of exceptionally profound encounter.  In January, after speaking at the Global Alliance in Bioethics conference in Tokyo, I traveled north to stricken areas in Tohoku acutely impacted from the devastating 3/11/11 triple horror of earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, Japan’s worst calamity since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I grew to know many who were personally affected by the tragedy.  I learned from them – What did they experience?  How did they respond?  How do they view the future?  What are their fears?  Their hopes?  They remain my teachers.  Their lessons are indelible.

That summer I was in Oslo, Norway to speak with those also personally affected by the human-incurred tragedy of the July 2011 massacre at a youth camp.  They also continue to be my genuine teachers.

My aim in all of this?  To more closely examine the connections between culture, community, and response to social trauma and disaster.  This is what I will further explore during my sabbatical in 2014.

For me, there is no more important calling that to address and help soothe, in our own small ways, others’ suffering.  The philosopher Epicurus’ counsel regarding the worth of philosophy rings true: “Philosophy that does not address suffering cannot afford to call itself by that name.”