Atomic bomb survivor, exhibit
to visit Manchester College
A world-wide exhibit and
a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb will visit Manchester College in October.
The student-led events are sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, with assistance from campus organizations. On Friday, Oct. 10, Sachiko Masuoka of Chicago will tell of wandering the streets of Hiroshima among thousands of burned victims, searching for family following the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing.
The public is invited to Masuoka’s talk, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lahman Room in the College Union. The 85-year-old survivor will be accompanied by translator Yuki Miyamoto, assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University, and a second-generation survivor of the atomic bomb. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow.
The conversation will set the stage for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition, which opens Oct. 27 in Link Gallery of Wine Recital Hall on the North Manchester campus. The world-traveled exhibition contains photo panels, atomic bomb artifacts and videos, along with current nuclear policy and issues. Visitors also will fold cranes origami for display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The exhibit closes Dec. 1.
The speakers and exhibit come to Manchester College through the efforts of senior peace studies major Mary Cox of Kokomo, who studied in Japan, where she met survivors of the atomic blasts and leaders of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.
The Foundation exists to tell the world about the inhumane cruelty of nuclear weapons, which killed hundreds of thousands of lives and reduced the communities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rubble. The exhibition was launched in 1995.
Manchester College is home to the world’s oldest undergraduate peace studies program, exploring non-violent alternatives to conflict. For more about peace studies, click here.