A new exhibition, entitled Present Tense: Selections from “The A-Bomb and Humanity”, has been installed near the 2nd floor landing in Bird Library. It corresponds to a recent campus visit by peace activist and storyteller, Ms. Keiko Ogura, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Using photographs and drawings, the exhibition depicts the reality of human suffering created when atomic bombs destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. Text posted below each panel provides an English translation or other contextual information.
The full set of panels was produced by a survivors’ (Hibakusha) organization in order to promote peace and move public opinion toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. One set was given to a University of Kentucky professor, who is the father of Diane Grimes, a faculty member in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
Additional information can be found at:
The A-Bomb and Humanity (includes all 40 panels): http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hidankyo/nihon/english/webgallery/01.html
Keiko Ogura: https://soa.syr.edu/live/profiles/576-keiko-ogura
Hiroshima survivor Keiko Ogura “That Day Now”: https://soa.syr.edu/live/events/584-hiroshima-survivor-keiko-ogura-that-day-now
The panels will be on display through December 15, 2017.