Montgomery Dickson Center
for Japanese Language & Culture


The Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture (MDCJLC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage is committed to developing Japanese Language education at UAA and throughout Alaska, as well as to promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan in honor of UAA alumnus Montgomery Dickson.

 

Mission

The mission of the Montgomery Dickson Center is to expand the instruction, appreciation, and enjoyment of Japanese language and culture, engage in public outreach, enhance existing and future international exchange activities with Japan, and serve the University of Alaska and the State of Alaska as a resource with respect to Japanese bilateral relations and understanding.

 

Formation

In the fall of 2011, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership announced the launch of the "JET Memorial Project" to commemorate Alaskan JET Program participant Montgomery Dickson, who graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and taught elementary and junior high school English in Rikuzentakata City, Japan. He lost his life during the Great East Japan Earthquake. CGP will support various activities at Monty's alma mater, the University of Alaska Anchorage, for 5 years with the intent to enhance future generation’s understanding of Japan.