Atomic bomb artifacts, photographs and videos from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, will be on display at Portland State University for the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibition: An International Exhibit with a Message of Peace.” In conjunction, corresponding lectures will take place including one from a nuclear attack survivor. All events are free and open to the public.
“It has been 60 years since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan. As the horror of these attacks recedes from living memory, it is imperative that today, when nuclear strikes remain in the discourse of the foreign policy of various nations, we learn what actually takes place when nuclear weapons are used,” said Laurence Kominz, director, PSU Center for Japanese Studies. “There is no better way for us to have this important experience, short of traveling to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, than to visit the traveling exhibition. Portland State University is honored to be the first in the Pacific Northwest to host this important exhibition.”
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibition Schedule:
* The exhibition features atomic bomb artifacts, photographs and video presentations from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and runs November 2–29, 2006, Monday through Friday from 12–4 p.m., and Saturday November 4, 11 and 18, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Littman Gallery in the PSU Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), rm. 250 (1825 SW Broadway). The exhibit is not suitable for most children under 12. For more information please contact the Littman Gallery at 503-725-5656.
* Sasao Akira, a survivor of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki will give a talk, “The Personal Account of a Survivor of the Nuclear Attacks,” Friday, November 3, 2006, at noon in SMSU rm. 228.
* Lisa Yoneyama presents, “Competing Views on the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima,” Friday, November 10, 2006, at 6 p.m. Yoneyama is from the University of California, San Diego, and author of “Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory” and “Violence, War, Redress: The Politics of Multiculturalism.”
* The film, Black Rain will be shown Monday, November 13, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the 5th Avenue Cinema (SW 5th and Hall).
Launched in 1995 by the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the traveling exhibition’s goals are to convey the realities of the atomic bombings and the present status of nuclear issues in the hope of arousing international sentiment toward nuclear weapon abolition. Since its creation the exhibition has been hosted in over 30 cities around the world. Their goal is to hold the event a few times a year, mainly in nuclear nations, suspected nuclear nations and cities active in nuclear abolition campaigns.
For more information on the lectures or on the exhibition please contact Laurence Kominz, director of the Center for Japanese Studies and professor of Japanese literature at Portland State University at 503-725-5288.
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Source: Laurence Kominz (503-725-5288)
Director, PSU Center for Japanese Studies