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IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Center for International Studies

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Contemporary Military Topics (series)

Joli Saraf

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Contemporary Military Topics (series of three sessions)

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Security Studies Program
Contact: Elina Hamilton,

Of Starships and Tallships...

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 01:30PM-03:30PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm

Of Starships & Tallships: Human Spaceflight Exploration in US Grand Strategy: The history of the military's role in human spaceflight sheds great insight on how spaceflight features in attainment of state grand strategy goals. US, Russian & Chinese spaceflight cases offer lessons of conquest & military power. We'll explore the basis of a viable US spacepower strategy that leverages today¿s human spaceflight industry.


LTC Randy Gordon, USAF - PhD

The Implications of Future Warfare

Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm

Recent actions by U.S. competitors, the proliferation of advanced technology once only available to the U.S. military, and the changing character of the future operating environment imply that the U.S. Army must adapt to anticipate the demands of future armed conflict. This seminar will discuss anticipated changes to future warfare and implications for U.S. Army doctrinal, operational and technological innovation.      


LTC Warren Sponsler, USA, LTC Doug Copeland, USA

Future Fleet Design in 2045

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm.

The Navy and Marine Corps need a strategic view of the future operating environment to guide future fleet design & architecture for US maritime superiority thru 2045.  The future fleet will include new ship, submarine & aircraft design, manned & unmanned systems, & use of AI.  Other areas for ethics & policy-related discussion include the use of synthetic biology, CRISPR technology & tech-enhanced humans in defense.




Lt. Col. Shannon Brown USMC, Captain Peter T. Mirisola, USN

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging FULL AND WAITLISTED

Hiroko Matsuyama

Add to Calendar Jan/19 Fri 02:00PM-03:30PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 20 participants
Fee: $10.00 for Materials (due at time of registration)

Hiroko Matsuyama, an accomplished instructor of the Ohara school of Ikebana, will show you the basics of this ancient art as you create your own flower arrangements.

To register, please contact Christine Pilcavage at Your registration is not complete unless you have paid your $10 registration fee. You will forfeit your registration if you do not pay by Wed. January 10 and your place will be given to the next person on the waiting list

Please note there is currently a waitlist for this class. 


Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Japan Program
Contact: Christine Pilcavage,

KYUDO: Japanese Archery

Sam Kanner, Joyce Wu, Ray Chin

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 15 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Fee: $20.00 for instruction

Kyudo, Japanese archery, means the "way of the bow" and was considered the highest discipline of ancient Japanese samurai. Kyudo is based on standing Zen meditation used by Zen Buddhist monks as a means of cultivating self-awareness. Beginners will receive instruction in the basic form of kyudo.  Training will take place on the first day (1/20), followed by actual shooting on the second day (1/21). People are required to come on Saturday to be trained in order to shoot on Sunday.

Cosponsored by Byakko Kyudo.

Sponsor(s): MIT Japan Program, Center for International Studies
Contact: Christine Pilcavage, x8-8208,


Add to Calendar Jan/20 Sat 01:00PM-05:00PM MAC Court

Kyudo training


Add to Calendar Jan/21 Sun 09:30AM-03:30PM Rockwell Cage, North Court

Kyudo shooting

Starr Forum Film: "The Uncondemned"

John Tirman, Executive Director, CIS

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 02:00PM-04:00PM 6-120

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity. A courtroom thriller and personal human drama, "The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever.

Film screening followed by discussion and audience Q&A

Free & Open to the public

Refreshments will be served

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
Contact: Michelle English,