May 02, 2007

International humanitarian to be honored at dedication of Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence

Kazuo Inamori and David Abshire will speak at dedication ceremony on Case campus on Monday, May 7

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Dr. Kazuo Inamori

Case Western Reserve University will honor international humanitarian and entrepreneurial visionary Dr. Kazuo Inamori when it dedicates the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence on Monday, May 7, on the ground floor of Crawford Hall. The dedication ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting and open house at Crawford Hall on the Case campus.

The official dedication will include remarks from Case Interim President Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood. Following that, former National Security Group head, NATO ambassador and author Dr. David Abshire, currently the president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address.

A decorated Korean War veteran, Dr. Abshire has received numerous awards for his public and military service. He was the long-time head of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is now also president of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. He earned the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Medal serving as an ambassador to NATO and later was a special counselor with cabinet rank to President Reagan.

With a generous $10 million gift from Dr. Inamori and the Inamori Foundation of Kyoto, Japan, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is dedicated to exploring ethical issues from a global perspective, to nurture international awareness and understanding of our common humanity through the study, teaching, and practice of ethics, and to the pursuit of excellence in all human endeavors.

The gift is one of the largest given towards the development of ethics centers nationally.

"Through the support and vision of Dr. Inamori, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is one of the first in the United States with a core mission to explore global perspectives on areas of ethical concern such as human rights, biomedical advances, the environment and business practices," said Dr. Eastwood. "The grand opening of the Inamori Center signals that Case Western Reserve University is committed to shaping our students into the kind of leaders who are well-equipped to face issues that require ethical decisions."

Dr. Inamori is the founder of the Kyocera Corporation, an international high-tech conglomerate supplying a wide range of products from industrial materials and electronic components to consumer products such as cellular phones, cameras, printers and copiers.

In 1984, after founding the DDI Corporation (now called KDDI, Japan's second largest telecommunications network), Dr. Inamori used his personal funds to establish the Inamori Foundation, and subsequently the Kyoto Prize, an international award to honor those who contribute greatly to the progress of science, technology, the advancement of civilization and enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. The award is considered the Nobel Prize for lifetime achievement in the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind.

The Center is located in a recently completed 4,000-square foot space within Crawford Hall, a campus and University Circle symbol and landmark. A central and visible location on campus, the space was designed with both functionality and aesthetics in mind. A variety of contemporary, technology-enhanced room types and sizes allow multiple and varied events to take place simultaneously. Additionally, world-wide video conferencing capability has been incorporated into virtually every space within the Center, assuring easily accessible international communications according to University Architect and Planner, Margaret Carney.

Ewing Cole, a nationally recognized architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm based in Philadelphia, Pa. with offices in Cleveland, was commissioned for this project.

The Center's eventual home will reside in the Case Campus Center, at the geographic heart of campus, once it is constructed. Fundraising and planning for the Campus Center are currently underway.

For more information contact Lisa Chiu, 216.368.5444.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 2, 2007 09:28 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Ethics, Events, Lectures/Speakers, Philanthropy

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