Last Friday, the Prime Minister of Japan’s wife, Mrs. Akie Abe, visited Gallaudet University. She previously visited the campus in 2007 and wanted to visit again.
She went on a tour on campus and visited various buildings and departments, then she sat down for a roundtable discussion with the Gallaudet President Bobbi Cordano and top Gallaudet researcher/neuroscientist Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, campus architect Hansel Bauman, psychology professor Dr. Caroline Kobek-Pezzarossi, Social Work Dept. staff Kota Takayama, and a graduate student from Japan, Izumi Takizawa. They discussed topics that ranged from DeafSpace, deaf children’s visual learning abilities, and Gallaudet’s achievements.
After the discussion, Abe showed the group how to make origami paper cranes, which are a symbol of peace. They exchanged gifts and Abe left the campus.
(Images by Zhee Chatmon).