Upcoming events

    • Saturday, November 06, 2021
    • Saturday, December 18, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Kenmawr Apartments Community Room, 401 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

    Join us for the Japanese-English Reading Circle!  

    Mission: to promote language learning through reading and language exchange.  We aim to keep positivity and motivation high while developing reading fluency, vocabulary, content discussion, and reading strategies in a fun, collaborative environment.

    Meetings: will consist of icebreaker language games, discussions about book topics, questions about language, formation of reading goals, and reading strategy sharing/reflection

    Who can join:  Japanese learners of English or English-speaking learners of Japanese.  Any proficiency level is okay, although it would help to have at least beginner level knowledge of the second language you are studying.  You can also sign up for the Facebook group or Google group for reminders.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Please join us at the Duquesne Club on November 11 for an evening of networking with colleagues that have an interest in business, culture and life in Japan! Elliott Group is the Title Sponsor of the event. 

    Your ticket or sponsorship will give you access to fabulous silent auction prizes, delicious food, and a keynote presentation by Eric Shiner. We will also be honoring the late Dr. Stephen Guinn, long-time JASP board member, with the Three Rivers Award.

    Sponsorship Information

    Unable to attend the event and want to make a donation?

    Consider our ‘Sponsor a Student Table’ program where companies purchase tables and JASP matches the seats with student members.  Please contact us for more information.

    Delta Airlines is sponsoring the Grand Prize, two tickets anywhere in the lower 48 states!

    Friend Sponsors

    Eric Shiner was most recently the executive director of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. He was formerly artistic director of White Cube, New York and senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s. Prior to this, Shiner was the director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2016, and was the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Warhol from 2008 to 2010. A leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, Shiner lived and worked in Japan for a total of six years and was assistant curator on the inaugural Yokohama Triennale in 2001. Shiner has curated dozens of contemporary art exhibitions in cities around the globe and was the team leader on The Warhol Museum’s major Warhol retrospective that traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo between 2012 and 2014. Notable exhibitions include Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei in 2015/16, Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After in 2012, Armory Focus: USA at the Armory Show in 2013 and Armory Platform in 2017. He is the President of the board of Visual AIDS, a NYC-based nonprofit promoting the artistic legacy of those artists lost to and living with AIDS and a board member of The Romare Bearden Foundation. He lives in Lansing, Michigan and upstate New York with his partner, Dr. Ishaan Kumar, and their long-haired dachshund, Juno.

    The JASP Three Rivers Award is given to a Western Pennsylvania individual who has made a significant contribution to the JASP mission by increasing the general understanding of Japan-US relations, strengthening the business environment in Western Pennsylvania for Japanese related business, or promoting and enhancing the study of Japanese language or culture.  Dr. Stephen Guinn, long-time board member of the Society and former owner of PSP Metrics, was a dedicated proponent of strong business ties between our region and Japan.  He enjoyed the JASP's cultural programs and served as a member of the Golf Committee.

    Health & Safety Information:

    Currently, there is a mask mandate at the Duquesne Club. All guests need to wear a mask in common areas like hallways and elevators. All Duquesne Club staff will be wearing masks. We will be providing hand sanitizer.

    We are requiring that all non-vaccinated guests wear a mask and maintain social distancing while eating and drinking. However, we do believe that most if not all of our guests are fully vaccinated.

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