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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, HI, RD Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
Program Description:

Video by Redha Chaudhry.

This program examines historical events of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and the contemporary implications and relevance of it, from multiple vantage points of history, political science, media studies, gender studies, museum studies, religious studies, ethics, philosophy, and art.

The program will enable students to have experiences and knowledge that they would not gain otherwise: meeting actual atomic bomb survivors, artists, politicians (mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), and fellow college students of Hiroshima City University and Nagasaki University.

Synthesizing the theoretical frameworks in class and rich experiences on site, students will produce the final project that can be a video, a podcast, an installation art piece, a music, as well as an academic paper.

Yuki Miyamoto earned her PhD from the University of Chicago (ethics; Divinity School). Her work centers around the nuclear discourse—a monograph, Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima (Fordham University Press, 2011), and several articles (“In the Light of Hiroshima: Banalizing Violence and Normalizing Experiences of the Atomic Bombing,” and “Gendered Bodies in Tokusatsu: Reproduction and Representation of the Atomic Bomb Victims” and so on), in addition to her other works on the environmental ethics. With her colleagues at the University of Chicago, she has managed a website The Atomic Age and has organized 5 symposia on the theme of the atomic age. She has led seven study-abroad programs, bringing DePaul students to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and has served as Nagasaki Peace Correspondent (since 2010) and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador (since 2011), appointed by respective cities.

Kerry Ross earned her PhD from Columbia University (Japanese History; East Asian Languages and Cultures) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at DePaul University in Chicago, United States, specializing in modern Japanese history. Her research and teaching interests include modern visual culture, gender and women's history, consumerism and everyday life, and the history of bathing practices, bathrooms and kitchens. Her book, Photography for Everyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers in Early Twentieth-century Japan, was published in 2015 (Stanford University Press). Her most recent project is titled Water Closets and Washing Machines: A Social and Cultural History of Urban Water Supply and Use in Twentieth-Century Tokyo.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
Course REL 202: Atom Bomb Discourse
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Class meeting times Fridays; Oct. 2, 9, 26, 23, 30 and November 6 5-8PM in LPC
Liberal Studies domain Religious Dimensions (RD)
Taught by Yuki Miyamoto
Course description This course explores ethical responses to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and beyond, while investigating political, social, and religious structures that have constituted the atom bomb discourse. We begin with examinations of the actual historical events, which will provide a basis for further discussion of present-day issues surrounding nuclear weaponry. Despite the recent discussions of nuclear arms upon international relations, our knowledge of nuclear weaponry is often quite limited. This course not only fill the divergence of the upheaval of the current situation and our understanding of this weaponry, but also discuss how and why such information gap emerged and exists. Accordingly, the course covers a wide range of topics and disciplines, including the fact of the bombings—its force and influence from a historical perspective; the intellectual history of war, peace, and the justification of nuclear weaponry, as well as various religious traditions’ address on the contemporary issue of nuclear arms, particularly in relation to current issues of terrorism, conflict, and war.
Additional course information This course will meet six times throughout the quarter
Course HST 265: History and Memory of the Atomic Bombs
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Class meeting times Fridays in LPC, time TBD
Liberal Studies domain Historical Inquiry (HI)
Taught by Kerry Ross
Course description This course will investigate the relationship between historical understanding and various forms of historical memory. We will, in effect, retrace the steps that we took while in Japan to uncover different ways that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been remembered. Historical memory, which for us, includes public narratives of the bombings as shown in museums and memorials (whether nationally or locally sponsored), textbooks, and lawsuits, to name a few; popular-cultural memory, which includes the ways in which the atomic bombings have been understood and interpreted in film, television, manga, etc.; and, finally, personal memory, such as dairies, journals, and most appropriate for us, survivors’ testimonies. Though we will tackle each of these forms of historical memory as separate entities, it is very difficult to disentangle them from one another. The various narratives are often deployed or disregarded in service of one another, but none are neutral, even if they espouse to be so. What I hope we accomplish through the readings in this class is to use our own memories, informed by our first-hand experiences in Japan and by our research and reading on the atomic bombings, to come to grips with how these events have been understood and remembered in different and often opposing and contradictory ways.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Participants will stay in hotels in which breakfast is included.

Kyoto—Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines to familiarize ourselves with their culture

Hiroshima—in addition to museums and memorial hall, we meet an actual survivor of 1945’s atomic bombing, mayor and governor of Hiroshima, karaoke, local food of Okonomiyaki, and interaction with Hiroshima City University students

Nagasaki—in addition to museums and memorial hall, we meet an actual survivor of 1945’s atomic bombing, mayor of Nagasaki, the historical sites of Dejima and Glover garden, local food of Champon, and interaction with Nagasaki University students


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Japan: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in History, Memory, and Discourse program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
December 2020 05/01/2020 06/01/2020 TBA TBA