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2017 Faculty & Staff
Laszlo Fulop, Academic Director
Laszlo Fulop is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Theatre at UNO. He is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest projects are Home and Away: Reflections of Global Citizens in New Orleans and The Sunken City: Rebuilding Post-Katrina New Orleans, both co-directed and co-produced with Marline Otte, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University. Professor Fulop is returning for the fourth time to the faculty of the 2017 UNO-JAPAN Study at Doshisha University Program as the Academic Director.
2017 Courses: FTA 2090-92
Noriko Lastrapes David Rands, Ph.D., History & Japanese Language Instructor
Dr. David Rands is an Assistant Professor of History at the Austin Peay State University and the East Asia expert. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California specializing in Modern Japanese History, TransPacific and Urban History, and his M.A. in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Rands is excited about returning on the UNO-Japan program this summer and sharing experiences and learnings with his students in Kyoto.
2017 Courses: HIST 2201; JAPN 1002

Hans Gruenig, Ph.D, Philosophy and Humanities Instructor
Dr. Hans Gruenig teaches courses on Buddhism, Asian Philosophy, and Happiness & Human Flourishing for the Department of Philosophy and the Asian Studies Program at Tulane University. He earned an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University. Alongside his academic work, he has attended retreats with Buddhist meditation masters around the world, has been teaching meditation and wellness practices for more than 15 years, and was a Designated Speaker for the Dalai Lama’s most recent visit to New Orleans. Dr. Gruenig is looking forward to teaching (Journey to the Heart of Zen and The Tao of Happiness) and exploring Kyoto with UNO-Japan students in the summer of 2017!
2017 Courses: PHIL 3095, HUMS 2090

Noriko Ito Krenn Noriko Ito Krenn, Ph.D, Associate Director
Noriko is a native of Japan. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Language Education and was a counselor for the UNO Honors Program. She loves hiking, having meaningful conversations, and crawfish boiling. Her favorite quote is "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away."
Mary I. Hicks, M.Ed, Program Director, UNO-Japan
Mary spent 2 years in Japan teaching English many years ago. Little did she know that would prepare her to work on this program someday. She started her UNO career assisting in teaching Japanese in the 90's, and that led to her current position with the UNO Division of International Education. Mary's other duties include the direction of the UNO International Student Exchange Programs and scholarship advising. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, travel (of course!), making crafty stuff, and getting out of the city from time to time.

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