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Announcing Peace Symposium New York 2023, Co-Presented by Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden and Japan Society

International Experts Discuss Peace, Art, and the Human Relationship with the Natural World on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace

PORTLAND, Ore. & NEW YORK, NY – August 31, 2023— Japan Society New York and Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden—two of the foremost Japanese cultural organizations in the world—are pleased to announce Peace Symposium New York 2023 taking place Thursday, September 21st, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace at Japan Society New York (333 E 47th St, New York, NY, 10017) at 3:00 pm EDT. This partnership underscores the organizations’ shared belief in the power of cultural diplomacy – the act of sharing the unique gifts of a culture through arts, traditions, aspirations, and values.

The international Peace Symposia, “Peacemaking at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature” is a signature program for Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden. Each symposium features a key, in-market partner and programming that convenes leaders from numerous cultural, intellectual, and diplomatic fields to discuss the evolving role of art, cultural institutions, and public spaces as the platform for peacebuilding and community engagement. Ultimately, Japan Institute will hold six Peace Symposia on six continents – the first was in Tokyo and the second in London. New York will be the third in this series, followed by South Africa later this year.

The program will be followed by a reception.


Program Overview & Registration
This is a free event that is open to the public, with advance registration required. It will take place at the headquarters of Japan Society New York, located at 333 E 47th St, New York, NY, 10017. All times EDT.

3:00 PM | Opening Session

Introduction & Opening Remarks
Steve Bloom, CEO, Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden

Welcome Address
Joshua Walker, PhD, President & CEO, Japan Society

3:30 PM | Keynote Speaker
Caryl Stern, Chief Impact Officer, LionTree & Former CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

3:50 PM | Panel Discussion
Ayanna Behin, Director of Training & Conflict Consulting, New York Peace Institute
Robert Lear, Senior International Producer, Global Arts Corps
Christopher Willis, Chief Director of National Botanical Gardens, South African National Biodiversity Institute

4:35 PM | Intermission

4:50 PM | Poetry Readings
Youth Poetry Competition Winners

5:00 PM | Panel Discussion
Moderator, Thomas Hill, Clinical Professor, Director, Peace Research and Education Program Center for Global Affairs, New York University

5:30 PM | Poetry Reading
Nomi Stone, Poet

5:35 PM | Presentation on Art as Peacemaking
Hiroshi Senju, Artist

5:55 PM | Closing Remarks
Steve Bloom, CEO, Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden

6:00 PM | Catered Networking Reception


Japan Society will host The Peace Symposium New York 2023. Tickets are now available on Japan Society’s website. This event will take place inside Japan Society’s landmarked headquarters at 333 East 47th Street, one block from the United Nations. Press wanting to attend should contact Allison Rodman ( or Kazuho Yamamoto (

Registration: Tickets are free and open to the public but require registration.