For actors projected onto a movie screen, or performing upon stage, the audience sees only the barest sliver of the real person inside the performer. By the time George Takei stepped in front of a television camera for the first time at the age of 22, he had already endured challenges that most of his audiences would never have been able to guess, much less truly comprehend. After a childhood spent behind the barbed wire of United States internment camps, placed there simply for the face he wore, George Takei nurtured―and fulfilled many, many times over―the dream of becoming an actor on television, in movies and on stage in a career that spans five decades. And with this dream arose so many others, including his vital work as a political activist, social commentator, author and powerful internet presence. Each dream (is) individually inspiring, collectively leading George to boldly go where few, if any, have gone before.
When you first meet Patrick Linehan, you may initially recognize his position, as the U.S. Consul General in Osaka. You may also reflect upon his extensive diplomatic experience as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and positions at the U.S. Consulate in Sapporo and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as well as U.S. Embassies in Korea, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada and Finland. But beyond these credentials, you will be struck by a certain something that tells you “This diplomat is different.” And Patrick Linehan would wholeheartedly agree. Both as a diplomat and as an out and married gay man, Linehan, together with his husband Emerson, courageously works towards creating a society that celebrates differences and diversity, educating and inspiring us all with the simple affirmation, “I’m different!”.
Date: June 4th 10:50 AM – 12:20 PM
Hall Doors open: 10:30 AM
Registration/Headset pickup: 10:00 AM
Venue: Morita Memorial Hall on the campus of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies(MAP) – http://www.kufs.ac.jp/access/index.html
Fee : Free
Morita Memorial Hall on the campus of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (LINK)