Learn more about the culture of Japan by sitting in on an of the cultural presentations at the Kansas City festival.

Lost Voices: The Ainu of Northern Japan
Dori White
Carlsen Center, Rm 224 from 2-3 pm

Irankarapte! Welcome to a brief overview of the Ainu; the mysterious Native Peoples of Northern Japan. We will explore the history and culture of the fascinating Ainu and touch onto why their voices have been silenced and the impact of that on the modern day Ainu descendants. There will also be a chance to recreate Ainu designs using kirigami and look at traditional Ainu pottery.

Dori White is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in East Asian Cultures and Language and a minor in History. She has lived in Japan for a total of seven years, six of those teaching as an ALT in Hokkaido.

Her students helped introduce the Ainu culture to her, both in and outside the classroom. She has traveled extensively throughout Hokkaido to various Ainu villages and museums, learning as much as she could about the Ainu culture. She is excited to talk about and raise awareness of the disappearing Ainu way of life in her hometown.

Samurai Influence on Modern Japanese Business Practices
Matt Dobbins
Recital Hall, from 2:30-3:30 pm

This presentation will focus on the link between samurai leadership in feudal Japan and modern Japanese business leadership. Effective communication strategies for doing business with Japanese companies will also be presented.

Matt worked as a JET ALT in Kagoshima Prefecture and has also studied at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Shiga Prefecture. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and has served on the board of the Heart of America Japan-America Society for 3 years.

The Samurai Sword
Earle Brigance
GEB Auditorium, from 11-12 pm and 12:30-1:30 pm

In Mr. Brigance’s opinion the Samurai sword is one of the most unique and in depth art objects in the history of the world. Through the fog of antiquity, there remain Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, which are still held in reverence by the people of Japan to this day, they are the Sacred Mirror, the Coma-Shaped Beads and the Samurai sword.

The Samurai sword is often referred to as the soul of the Samurai. The most prized possessions of all wealthy Japanese family is their families’ Samurai sword collection, which reflects their families’ history and has been passed down from one generation to the next generation. It takes approximately six months, to produce a traditional Samurai sword. The skill level required to make such a sword is as high as any treasured art objects requiring years of dedicated study and training.

Collectors of Samurai swords consider them to be not so much as a weapon but rather a work of art. Throughout history, the great Samurai sword smiths, such as Masamune and Sadamune, are held in very high esteem, and thought of as one of the world’s greatest artists. Their exceptional and extraordinary work is valued on a level with artist such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo or Picasso.

Calligraphy Workshop
Naoko Nadtochiy in Regnier Center, Rm 175 from 11-12 pm
Yayoi Shinoda in Regnier Center, Rm 175 from 2-3 pm

Japanese calligraphy is the writing of the Japanese language. Try your hand at writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink with Japanese native experts.

This workshop is for ages 13 and older.

Mrs. Nadtochiy is a Japanese Language instructor at Johnson County Community College.

Ms. Shinoda is a Department Assistant, East Asian Art, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Tohoku Daishinsai: Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Disaster
Cindy Parry
Recital Hall from 1:10-2:10 pm

March 11, 2017 marked the sixth anniversary of the triple disaster in Japan: 9.0 earthquake (5th worst in recorded history) followed by a devastating tsunami followed by a nuclear disaster (worst in recorded history) created when four of the six nuclear reactors at Fukushima failed as a result of both the earthquake and tsunami.

Mrs. Parry has been working on this quilt series, “Tohoku Daishinsai” (Tohoku Disaster), for over five years. There are thirteen quilts completed thus far. I do this work so the survivors of Tohoku know they will not be forgotten. I wanted to create a kind of fiber art memorial to those affected.

Miniature Trees: An Introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai
Kathy J Schlesinger
Carlsen Center, Rm 224 from 12:30-1:30 pm

“Miniature Trees”: An introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai – The translation of Bonsai simply means pot or tray planted. However Bonsai is one of the oldest forms of ‘living’ art as trees and plants are grown in containers, artistically designed for the viewers’ enjoyment. This presentation will provide a general overview.

Topics discussed will include Chinese and Japanese origins, philosophy, and description of Bonsai styles, tools, general horticulture procedures, pot selection and the design process. We will wrap up with a review of the various styles using slides featuring examples of different plants used in this unique art. This will also include flowering Japanese Azaleas and several examples of some of the oldest trees in Japan. There will be time for questions and answers.

Kathy Schlesinger has been studying and practicing Bonsai for over 30 years. She is an Officer and Board member of the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City.

Japanese Conversation Workshop
Kazuyo Rumbach
Carlsen Center, Rm 314 from 11-12 pm and 2-3 pm

Attend a Japanese language workshop to learn about the Japanese language, and with the aid of the instructor, learn some basics of the language. This workshop is for those who are interested in Japanese language – no previous knowledge of the language is required. You will learn basic words, everyday greetings and writing systems.

Mrs. Rumbach is a Japanese Language instructor at Johnson County Community College.

Kimono Demonstration
Sachie Stroder and Miyako Fraley
Recital Hall from 11:50-12:50 pm

Learn from Mrs. Stroder all about traditional Japanese Kimonos and Yukata. Also, you will be able to see them demonstrate what is involved in putting on a Kimono or Yukata.

Japanese Garden Design
Koji Morimoto
Regnier Center, Rm 183 from 11-12 pm and 3:30-4:30 pm

This workshop will explore the Japanese garden making process and maintenance issues by Koji Morimoto. His 20 years of design knowledge and experience will help you to have a dream garden of your own.

Mr. Morimoto is the owner of Japanese Landscaping Company in Kansas City. Come and hear Japanese garden master Koji Morimoto talk about the principles of Japanese Garden Design and Maintenance. Koji Morimoto has designed, built and maintained traditional Japanese gardens in New York, Kansas and Missouri for over 20 years. He will show how to balance all aspects in the garden and explain the techniques and principles of making outdoor living space.

Sharing Japanese Culture Through Aikido: The Way of Harmony
Dr. Neil Segal
Recital Hall from 10:30-11:30 am

Aikido has its origins in the centuries-old traditions of the Japanese martial arts. It is a form of self-refinement, a way of life for polishing the self through rigorous physical training and spiritual discipline. It is an art of self-defense against an unprovoked attack. The guiding principle of Aikido is harmony: inner harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Aikido was developed in Japan by an extraordinary teacher, who realized that victory over others would not bring people together. Aikido is based on the non-violent resolution of conflict. The uniqueness of Aikido lies in its training to bring control the situation without harming anyone. Thus, men, women, and children of all ages can train together. Aikido training also introduces Japanese history, language, culture, art and spirit.

Shibori Dyeing for Children
Sarah M. Oliver
Regnier Center, Rm 175 from 12:30-1:30 pm

In America, the word tie-dye might conjure images of 1960’s intensely, rainbow-colored T-shirts. But in fact, tie-dye is merely an American term for one style of the Japanese art of shibori. Shibori is an ancient art form that dates back to 8th century Japan, and encompasses the various techniques of binding, twisting, clamping, folding and stitching fabric in order to be dyed.

Itajime shibori is the process of folding and clamping fabric to be dyed. As geometrical patterns usually emerge in the process of Itajime shibori, an easy way to begin learning this style of shibori is to combine it with origami, the Japanese art form of folding paper. Participants will utilize origami techniques to fold, clamp, and bind their way to a beautifully dyed piece.

Sarah M Oliver teaches costume technology for the M.F.A. Costume Design program at UMKC. She returns to UMKC after working as the Senior Lecturer of Costume Technology at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Mrs. Oliver has designed and built costumes in the United States for theatres coast to coast: for the Los Angeles Opera to the New York City Opera.

While she has dedicated her professional career to designing, building, and teaching the art of costuming, Mrs. Oliver continues to indulge in her first love: the study of textiles and weaving. She has travelled and worked internationally in China.

The Traditions of Dyeing and Embellishing Kimono
Sarah M. Oliver
Recital Hall from 3:50-4:50 pm

The simplicity of kimono construction provides a perfect canvas for intricate dyeing and opulent embellishment. This lecture will explore the tradition and history involved in creating these wearable masterpieces and the masterful dyeing and embroidery techniques developed since the 8th century.

Sarah M Oliver teaches costume technology for the M.F.A. Costume Design program at UMKC. She returns to UMKC after working as the Senior Lecturer of Costume Technology at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Mrs. Oliver has designed and built costumes in the United States for theatres coast to coast: for the Los Angeles Opera to the New York City Opera.

While she has dedicated her professional career to designing, building, and teaching the art of costuming, Mrs. Oliver continues to indulge in her first love: the study of textiles and weaving. She has travelled and worked internationally in China, Hong Kong and Japan where she immersed herself in traditional weaving, embroidery, and dyeing arts.

Origami – “Unfolding the Basics
Kotoko Nakata-Grass
Carlsen Center, Rm 352 from 11-12pm and 2-3 pm

In this workshop you will learn how to fold various origami pieces. Suggested for children ages 10 and older as well as teachers and others interested in origami.

Hello! I’m Kotoko. It would be my great pleasure to introduce one of the most fun Japanese cultures at the Japan Festival this year. We will make a few Origami creatures together. Please come join us at the Origami workshop!

Temari Demonstration
Lolly Buxton
Carlsen Center, Rm 338 from 12:30-1:30 pm

Come to this very interesting presentation to learn about Japanese thread balls (temari), which are stitched to create complex designs. Temari balls are a folk art form and Japanese craft that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the 7th century. “Temari” means “hand ball” in Japanese. Temari became an art and craft of the Japanese upper class and aristocracy, and noble women competed in creating increasingly beautiful and intricate objects.

Temari are highly valued and cherished gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life. Traditionally, becoming a craftsman in Japan was a tedious process. Becoming a temari artist in Japan today requires specific training, and one must be tested on one’s skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of temari.

Lolly is a Fiber Artist who has been making and teaching temari for 30 years.

Eco-Friendly Japanese Art in Everyday Life
Dr. Ayako Mizumura
Carlsen Center, Rm 352 from 3:30-4:30 pm

Join the furoshiki wrapping workshop and learn the traditional Japanese way of folding and wrapping goods with a piece of square fabric called furoshiki. Once viewed as “old-fashioned” in modern Japan, furoshiki has been revived and is gaining more popularity as an eco-friendly, multipurpose wrapping cloth. Available in different sizes, fabric materials, colors and designs, furoshiki offers an artistic yet practical way to carry various objects such as single or multiple wine bottles, bento boxes, groceries, and even heavier items like books and laptops. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to wrap 2 – 3 objects with different techniques and styles.

Ayako Mizumura was born in Saitama, Japan. She works in the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Kansas (KU) and has taught numerous courses on contemporary East Asia across the disciplines at KU. Along with teaching, she manages the M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at KU.

Beyond her academic life, she practices the Japanese tea ceremony in Lawrence with Dale Slusser, a master of the Urasenke School of the tea ceremony. She also is owner and proprietor of Bimi Bakery, LLC, a Lawrence, Kansas, bakery specializing in Japanese sweets.

Kanji Made Easy
Tracie Whiting-Kipper
Carlsen Center, Rm 314 from 12:30-1:30 pm

Is it possible to learn to read Kanji in less than a year? Try out the Heisig method of Kanji acquisition in this fast paced and fun session while exploring the written word from authentic sources. True beginners and seasoned students will all find ways to expand their reading levels from average to extraordinary.

A former Coordinator for International Relations on the JET Program who was assigned as the English Manager of the Nagano Olympic News Agency for the Nagano Olympic Committee and former Economic Analyst for the Consulate General of Japan at Kansas City, Whiting-Kipper is currently the Japanese Language & Culture Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute and the online Japanese Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Missouri.

KCAI was the recent recipient of the Japan Foundation’s prestigious Salary Assistance Grant for her innovative courses. In addition, she provides cross-cultural consulting services throughout the Midwest.

Introduction to Reading Japanese
Tracie Whiting-Kipper
Carlsen Center, Rm 314 from 3:30-4:30 pm

Come to this workshop and venture into the world of written Japanese whether you are a student or just curious. Explore the different writing systems, how they came to be, faster methods to learning them, as well as resources and tools to help you explore the written world of Japanese.

Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927
Noriko Gordon

Making Paper-doll Bookmarks Based on a Japanese Friendship Doll
Carlsen Center, Rm 338 from 11-6 pm

Special Events
Presentations on Friendship Dolls
Noon-12:30 pm, 2-2:30 pm, and 4-4:30 pm

Miss Miyagi Paper Doll Bookmark Making
12:30-1 pm, 2:30-3 pm, and 4:30-5 pm

Learn about the history of the 1927 friendship doll exchange between the U.S. and Japan. Then enjoy making paper-doll bookmarks based on the Japanese Friendship Doll in Kansas.

Noriko Gordon is a Japanese Friendship Doll owner, handicraft instructor and a Japanese doll restoration specialist. She will be assisted by Dodi Burkey, Yayoi Igeta, Masaru Aoki and Bill Gordon.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the Friendship Dolls of 1927. Dodi Burkey is the owner of the Friendship Doll Miss Miyagi. Dodi will read to attendees from a children’s book on the Friendship Dolls. She will talk about her own doll who “lives” in Kansas!

Mr. Masaru Aoki, from Tokyo, Japan, has restored many of the Friendship Dolls including Miss Miyagi. He also has recently restored Miss Shizuoka, who is in the collection of the Kansas City Museum. We are very, very fortunate to have Mr. Aoki at our Japan Festival this year. He is the renowned expert on Friendship Dolls.

Yayoi Igeta will teach attendees how to make a Miss Miyagi bookmark!

Historically, our attendees might enjoy learning about the history of Japanese Friendship Dolls. In 1924, the United States passed an aggressively anti-Japanese immigration bill prohibiting further immigration of all Japanese to the United States. This was the capstone to a decade of increasingly poor relations between the two countries. In an effort to reverse this trend, Reverend Sydney Glick, a former missionary to Japan, hit on the idea of using the exchange of dolls to promote better understanding, friendship, and goodwill by starting with children.

Very soon, his organization, the Committee on World Friendship Among Children, succeeded in engaging the nation’s youth in the United States to gather almost 13,000 “Blue-eyed” Dolls to be sent to Japan as messengers of goodwill.

After the Blue-eyed Dolls arrived in Japan in March of 1927, Glick’s counterpart in Japan, Viscount Shibusawa Eiichi organizes a return gesture and initiated the creation of fifty-eight large-scale exquisite Japanese dolls to be sent to the United States in acknowledgment of the gift from America.

The Japanese dolls were crafted by the most noted artisans of the day and represent the most important Japanese dolls ever created. The American press referred to the Japanese dolls as “Friendship Dolls” while the Japanese referred to them as Torei-ningyo (return gesture dolls).

Each Friendship Doll carried her own individualized passport and ship ticket for passage to the United States. Also, each doll was accompanied by a beautiful large storage trunk, which contained a display stand, lacquer furnishings, a parasol, a tea set, lanterns, zori (flat sandals) and pokkuri (lacquered sandals).

The Friendship Dolls arrived in San Francisco aboard the SS Tenyo Maru on November 27, 1927. After their arrival, they traveled to Washington, DC for special events. Then they traveled throughout the United States before being assigned permanent homes in museums, libraries and cultural institutions across the United States.

Miss Japan is at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Many of the other dolls have found their way to museums, libraries, and cultural institutions throughout the United States. Some are privately owned. Unfortunately, a number of Friendship Dolls are missing.

The Games of Go and Shoji
Steve Woodsmall and The Four Dragons Go Club (Daniel Gentry)
Carlsen Center, Rm 216 from 11-6 pm

Come to this workshop to play actual games, see demonstrations and competition games, and hear a brief discussion of the history and rules of “go” and “shogi.”

Learn about the game “go” that inspires laughter and anger, love and obsession; that creates and destroys worlds. Based on three simple rules, the game that inspired the world famous series “Hikaru no Go.”

Steve Woodsmall is an international attorney who lived and worked in Japan for 12 years. He learned to play “go” and “shoji” during that time.

The Four Dragons Go Club is a Kansas City based group of go players who have been spreading the game of “go” together since 2010. Daniel Gentry has played go for over 15 years and has achieved a ranking of Shodan.

Tea Ceremony Demonstration
Ura Senke by Dale Slusser in Polsky Theatre from 12-1 pm
Omote Senke by Yoko Hiraoka in Polsky Theatre from 1:45-2:45 pm

Attendees at the 2017 GKC Japan Festival will have the opportunity to witness, and several attendees will have the opportunity to participate in, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Tea Master who will perform this beautiful and special ceremony is Ms. Hiraoka who is a native of Kyoto, Japan and who currently resides in Colorado. Ms. Hiraoko will perform the Tea Ceremony dressed in a formal Kimono. Attendees will all have the opportunity to learn about the history and practice of the Tea Ceremony.

This is a special opportunity to see the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony performed by a Japanese Tea Master whose training started in Kyoto as a young child.

The Tea Ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a traditional Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japan, the tea ceremony is called chanoyu or chadô/sadô.

The formal Japanese Tea Ceremony is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is about preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart.

The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a “transformative practice,” and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular, that of “wabi-sabi.” “Wabi” represents the inner, or spiritual, experiences of human lives. Its original meaning indicated quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste characterized by humility, restraint, simplicity, naturalism, profundity, imperfection and asymmetry, emphasizing simple, unadorned objects and architectural space, and celebrating the mellow beauty that time and care impart to materials. “Sabi,” on the other hand, represents the outer, or material side of life. Originally, it meant “worn,” “weathered” or“decayed.”

By the 16th century, tea drinking had spread to all levels of society in Japan. Sen no Rikyu, perhaps the most well-known and still revered historical figure in tea ceremony, followed his master Takeno Jōō’s concept of “Ichi-go Ichi-e,” a philosophy that each meeting should be treasured, for it can never be reproduced. His teachings perfected many newly developed forms in architecture, gardens, and art to the full development of the Way of Tea. The principles he set forward – harmony (和 wa), respect (敬 kei), purity (清 sei), and tranquility (寂 jaku) – are still central to the tea ceremony as it is performed today.

Spiral Staircase Duo
Mai Todokoro Hessel and Eric Hessel
Yardley Hall from 12-12:30 pm and 5:10-5:40pm

The Spiral Staircase Duo is an innovative chamber ensemble combining the mellow horn and the articulate marimba. After debuting in Osaka and Nara, Japan in 2016, Spiral Staircase established themselves as regular performers around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They seek to introduce new music for an unusual combination and recast beloved repertoire for their unique and intriguing sound.

A native of Nara, Japan, Mai Tadokoro Hessel (marimba) currently serves as an adjunct professor of percussion at Texas Wesleyan University. Since moving to the U.S. in 2002, she has become an active percussionist and educator in Kansas City, MO and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX areas. Her marimba performance was featured at a TEDxWyandotte event, the video of which is published internationally. Mai’s world premiere recording of Warren Benson’s Largo Tah for marimba and bass trombone will be published through the Naxos Label.

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Eric Hessel (horn) is a talented orchestral hornist, chamber musician, and soloist. He currently performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the Sherman Symphony. Prior to pursuing his doctorate in horn performance at the University of North Texas, Hessel served as Third/Assistant Principal Horn of the Topeka Symphony, and Co-Principal of the Lawrence Community Orchestra while pursuing a Master’s at the University of Kansas under Paul Stevens.

As a composer, Eric Hessel’s works have been performed across the United States, as well as in Mexico, Belgium, France, Germany, and Japan. He holds a BM in Composition from Arizona State University, where he studied under Roshanne Etezady, Jody Rockmaker, Rodney Rogers, and James DeMars.

Shakuhachi Workshop
Yoko Hiraoka & David Kansuke Wheeler
Carlsen Center Room 212 from 2:30-3:00 pm 

Yoko Hiraoka is a master performer of the koto (13-string zither), shamisen (3-string lute), biwa (4- or 5- string fretted lute), and voice. An authoritative exponent and teacher of the traditional music of Japan, she is also an active interpreter of the contemporary repertoire for her instruments. She is a native of Kyoto, Japan and studied classical koto and shamisen music from an early age.

For more than thirty years, Ms. Hiraoka has performed and lectured extensively at universities, festivals, and on television/radio and studio recordings. Her appearances have included concerts and lectures at Columbia University, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Bowdoin College, Colby College and many other universities and major music festivals.

David Kansuke Wheeler is a musician and musicologist. David visited Japan in 1977 as an exchange student and entered the tutelage of shakuhachi master Junsuke Kawase III. In 1981, he returned to Japan on a Japanese Education Ministry scholarship to do graduate study at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received his M. A. in musicology in 1985.

David has spent many decades immersed in the world of classical shakuhachi (bamboo flute), both during his long residence in Japan and now in the US. He now works to present this fascinating instrument and its musical charms to international audiences.

Since 1982, David has been performing, teaching, lecturing, and writing about the shakuhachi and Japanese music both in Japan and around the world, and has made numerous performance appearances on Japanese television and radio.

While he specializes in the classical traditions of Sankyoku ensemble and Kinko-ryu Honkyoku, his performance activities cover the full range of music today; everything from Japanese to Western, from classical to the avant garde.

David was a visiting Japanese music lecturer and shakuhachi instructor at the College of Music at the University of Colorado, where he co-organized and prepared the World Shakuhachi Festival 1998 (July 5-11) at CU Boulder, and also lectures and instructs students at Naropa University.

In addition to performing and teaching, he also organizes and produces major events including World Shakuhachi Festivals and Shakuhachi Study Camps. His performances with koto player Yoko Hiraoka are well known. He has made great contributions to the Kansas City Japan Festival in the past, and we hope he will continue with us.

He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches, lectures and performs around the US, in Japan and elsewhere.

Denver Taiko
Yardley Hall from 2:40-3:10 pm

Learn all about Taiko drumming from the experts, members of Denver Taiko. This is a hands-on workshop for those wanting to learn the basics of Taiko drumming. (Limit: 15, but spectators are welcome.)

Samurai: Fact, Fiction, and More Fiction
Dr. Maggie Childs
Carlsen Center, Rm 212 from 11:30-12:30 pm

Dr. Maggie Childs is the Chair of the Department of East Asian Language and Cultures at the University of Kansas.

Reflections and Images from Okinawa
Dr. Dawn Gale and Dr. Deborah Williams
Carlsen Center, Rm 212 from 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm

Hear impressions and view images from a ten-day faculty development program hosted by the Japan Studies Association in Okinawa, Japan. JCCC faculty, Dawn Gale and Deb Williams participated in the workshop, “Okinawa: Identity, History, and Culture”, on June 10-18, 2017.

The workshop framework was based in Donna Haraway’s “situated knowledge” by using sites of historical and cultural significance along with oral history and narrative to create possibilities for better understanding of Okinawa’s past and present relationships with the
Asia-pacific, mainland Japan, and the United States.

In this session, Dawn and Deb will share impressions and photos from the workshop and discuss how they will utilize their experiences in the classroom.

Dr. Dawn Gale is a Professor of Philosophy at Johnson County Community College. She is a three-time recipient of JCCC’s Distinguished Service Award and also a recipient of the BNSF Faculty Achievement Award in 2017.

Along with serving on several campus committees, Professor Gale is also a faculty advisor for JCCC’s International Club.

Dr. Deborah Williams is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and Chair of the Environmental Science Department at JCCC, where she teaches a variety of courses including, Environmental Science Lecture and Laboratory, Principles of Biology, Natural History of Kansas, Bioethics and Principles of Sustainability, Ethics and Environmental Policy and Law.

She has served as a past president of the JCCC Faculty Association and as the lead negotiator for faculty in contract negotiations with the JCCC Board of Trustees.

Williams received a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State University (KSU). Her graduate degrees include a Juris Doctor from the KU School of Law, with two certificates: Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Federal Indian and Tribal Law, a M.S. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services, a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from KSU, a M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a M.A. in Philosophy, both from KU.