Hiroshima survivor to deliver keynote address at University of Idaho


MOSCOW, Idaho — A Hiroshima survivor, author and activist is the keynote speaker for a four-day event to better understand the vast implications of atomic warfare, hosted by the University of Idaho. Remembering Hiroshima takes place Monday through Thursday, September 12-15, at the Moscow campus and features a variety of speakers and events, all free and open to the public.

Monday September 12

2:00 p.m. – Air Force ROTC Session on Hiroshima and the Consequences of Nuclear Use, Aurora Room of the Idaho Student Union Building (ISUB).

Tuesday September 13

10:30 a.m. — “The aesthetics of post-atrocity construction projects”, with Yutaka ShoAssociate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University, ISUB Clearwater Room.

2:30 p.m. — “Godzilla and the Japanese nuclear imagination, from Hiroshima to Fukushima”, with Guillaume TsutsuiRector of the University of Ottawa, Clearwater Room at ISUB.

7 p.m. — “Godzilla” (1954). Free viewing at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center. Introductory remarks by Tsutsui.

Wednesday September 14

10:30 a.m. — “Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Age of the Environment,” with Toshihiro HiguchiAssistant Professor of History, Georgetown University, Borah Theatre, Bruce M. Pitman Center.

4:00 p.m. — Keynote, “Testimony of an Atomic Bomb Survivor – Hibakusha Voices for Peace,” by Keiko Oguraa Hiroshima Survivor, International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center.

Other related activities on the Moscow campus include:

  • Exhibition of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum at ISUB’s Reflections Gallery, until September 16.
  • Exhibition of Japanese literature, manga and films at the U of I library, until September 16.
  • Making origami cranes, from noon to 1 p.m., from Sept. 1 to 16, at the ISUB entrance.

Thursday September 15

5 pm — “My journey on the road to peace – The story of a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb”, by Keiko Ogura, Moscow High School Auditorium. This event is for students in grades five through eight and their families.

Remembering Hiroshima is sponsored by the U of I Idaho Asia Institute and the Japan Foundation. Co-sponsors are the College of Art and Architecture, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History, the Martin Institute, School of Global Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Media and the U of I Library, all at the University of Idaho and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan.

Media Note: Ogura is available at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 14 in the International Ballroom, Pitman Center, for interviews. RSVP to [email protected] All other speakers are available for interview upon request.

Media Contact

Jodi Walker
Senior Director of Communications
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