St. Paul, Minn. – From July 25 to August 19, Kelly Lynn Cargos ’13 from Orange, Conn., will take part in the prestigious Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the world’s longest running student-led exchange program between the two countries. Cargos will join a group of 70 college students, half from Japan and half from the U.S., traveling around Japan and discussing some of the most pressing issues concerning both countries.  

The 65th JASC will convene in Kyoto, Japan on August 2, 2013. From there delegates will travel to Nagasaki, Iwate and Tokyo. Each site will offer a unique window to examine contemporary Japanese issues as well as become immersed in Japanese culture.

This summer, Cargos will represent Orange, Conn., in roundtable discussions, field trips, research presentations, and cultural exchange among a group of students from top schools in the U.S. and Japan. Under the theme, “Share, Respect, Reflect: Reimagining the Future, Together” the students will reevaluate the strategic alliance with respect to a globalizing society in line with the 50-year anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the U.S. and Japan. They will learn about several dynamic issues such as Culture and Technology, Environment and Society, Globalization and Agriculture in the 21st Century, Modern Issues in Education, Regional Security in a Global Era, Social Minorities and Discrimination, and Social Responsibility and Government.

JASC’s mission is to promote peace through mutual understanding, friendship and trust between the United States and Japan.  The annual 30-day exchange that alternates between the U.S. and Japan is also designed to give students opportunities to grow in leadership, research, diplomacy, and networking. International Student Conferences is a non-profit organization that sponsors America’s longest running student-run cultural exchange program, the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC).  For more information, visit

Cargos doubled majored in Psychology and Japanese.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,035 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

July 11 2013

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