ICAR Sponsors ‘Testimony from Hiroshima’

Posted: October 27, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) will present “Testimony from Hiroshima” and a Hiroshima A-Bomb Photo Exhibition featuring a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Front Ballroom of the Student Union Building II on the Fairfax Campus.

Speakers are

  • Sigeko Sasamori, who was born in Hiroshima and was 13 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. Although she was seriously injured, she miraculously survived and went through more than 20 surgeries in one year. In 1955, when she was 23 years old, she came to New York as one of the so-called “Hiroshima Maidens,” and underwent five plastic surgeries during her one-and-half-year stay. When she was 25, she came back to the United States to be trained as a nurse. She has shared her experience and called for the abolition of nuclear weapons at various occasions both in the United States and Japan. She is one of the survivors featured in Steven Okazaki’s 2007 film, White Light/Black Rain.” Sasamori currently lives in Los Angeles.
  • Steve Leeper is the chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. A longtime businessman, he is an advocate for nuclear disarmament who brings “hibakusha,” or survivors of atomic explosions, to talk to civic, religious and educational groups outside of Japan. Together with his wife, Elizabeth Baldwin, he has translated Masamoto Nasu’s “Children of the Paper Crane: The Story of Sadako Sasaki and Her Struggle with the A-Bomb Disease” from Japanese into English. He has lived in the United States and Japan.
  • Prof. Andrea Bartoli is the Drucie French Cumbie Chair at ICAR. He works primarily on peacemaking and genocide prevention. The founding director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, a senior research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, a teaching fellow at Georgetown University and the University of Siena, Bartoli has taught in the United States since 1994. He is a member of the Dynamical Systems and Conflict Team and a board member of Search for Common Ground. He has been involved in many conflict resolution activities as a member of the Community of St. Egidio and has published books and articles on violence, migrations and conflict resolution.

This event is presented in cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area.

To secure your seat, RSVP to Haruka Nakayama.

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