Friday, September 22 

Welcome and Introduction:  Michael Weiner, Soka University of America  (4:45 pm)

Keynote Address: John Lesch, University of California, Berkeley, “Four Turning Points in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS”  (5:00 pm)

(5:30 – 7:00 pm)  Panel I: Slavery, Disease, and their Legacies

Panel Chair: Michael Weiner; Discussant: James O’Neil Spady, Soka University of America


  1. Terri Snyder, California State University, Fullerton, "Suicide, Slavery, and Epidemics: A Perspective from Early Modern British America"
  2. Sean Morey Smith, Rice University, “Their Constitutions are Much Stronger”: Medical Expertise and Slavery Debates in the Eighteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic”
  3. Ian Read, Soka University of America, “Slavery, Climate, and Disease in Brazil”

Saturday, September 23

(9:00 – 9:30 am) Keynote Address: Navid Madani, Harvard University, “35 years of HIV/AIDS:  A Symphony of Humanity, Policy, Science, and Health Care in the Fight against HIV/AIDS” 

(9:30 – 11:00 am)  Panel II: Disease and Disease Control in the Pacific Basin

Panel Chair: Ian Read; Discussant: Margaret Garber, California State University, Fullerton


  1. Alexander Bay, Chapman University, “Shit and Disease Prevention in Modern Japan: Human waste, toilets and Causal Agents”
  2. Michael Weiner, Soka University of America, ”Leprosy and Leprosy Control in Imperial: Japan: Confinement and Criminalization”
  3. Edward Lowe, Soka University of America, “Suicide Epidemics, Governance, and the Image of the Recalcitrant Native in Oceania”

Coffee Break (11:00 – 11:30 am)

(11:30 – 1:00 pm)  Panel III: Foodborne Pathogens, Metabolic Diseases, and Human Conflict:  Soka Scholarship on Health and Wellbeing

Panel Chair and Discussant: Robert Hamersley, Soka University of America


  1. Zahra Afrasiabi, Soka University of America. “Gold Nanoparticle-Based Nanosensors for Detection of Foodborne Pathogens”
  2. Lisa Crummett, Soka University of America, “Educating The Masses About Metabolic Disease In Order To Change Our Current Disease Trajectory
  3. Seiji Takaku, Soka University of America, “Conflict and Forgiveness

Closing Words of Appreciation: Ian Read, Soka University of America

Conference concludes at 1:10 pm