Acclaimed eco-activist to be featured at WWU's Japan Week

Environmentalist and activist David Suzuki will give a lecture titled “Time is Running Out: Ecology or Economics?” at noon on Monday, May 6, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, as part of WWU’s annual Japan Week Celebration.

The event is co-sponsored by Japan Week and WWU’s Office of Sustainability, and is free and open to the public.

Suzuki is best known for his work as a radio and television host and has won numerous awards throughout his career in broadcasting.

He has also received 25 honorary degrees from institutions in the United States, Canada and Australia, and has written 52 books, 19 of which are children’s books.  He is co-author of “An Introduction to Genetic Analysis,” a widely used textbook on genetics in the United States.

Suzuki graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his doctorate in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.  He is currently a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Japan Week runs from May 2-9 and all events are free and open to the public. Other Japan Week activities include:

Tuesday, May 7

Michiko Yusa will preside over a faculty symposium titled “The Tohoku Earthquake Disaster of 2011: Response, Legacy, and International Significance” from 4-6 p.m. in SMATE 110.

Presentations will include Ed Vajda’s “Across the Ring of Fire: Japan and the Pacific Northwest,” Karen Bradley’s “Disastrous Context: Probabilities and Preparedness” and Seiko Purdue’s “Lost and Found: Artists Respond to the Tohoku Earthquake.”

Thursday, May 9

Western’s Asia University in America Program will present “Japan Night” from 7-9 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. The event will have Japanese themed booths and activities including a tea ceremony, sushi-rolling, origami, card games and Japanese calligraphy.

For more information about the lecture or Japan Week 2013, contact Professor Michiko Yusa at or at 360-650-4851.

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