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MSU-sponsored events commemorate atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 26, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb will speak about her experiences as part of the Sept. 12 to Sept. 30 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Commemorative Experience in Bozeman and at Montana State University.

Shigeko Sasamori, 76, will speak in the Bozeman Public Library's community room at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Sasamori will be joined by Steven Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in Japan. A reception will follow immediately after the talk.

The lecture will coincide with an exhibition of 30 posters detailing the damage and long-term effects of the U.S. atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

The posters will be on display at the Bozeman Public Library from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15 and in the lobby of MSU's Renne Library from Sept. 17 to Sept. 30.

The lecture and exhibitions will be accompanied by a film series entitled "Scars and Legacies: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Apocalypse." The first film will be Steven Okazaki's 2007 documentary, "White Light, Black Rain." Sasamori is one of the survivors featured in that film.

Films will be shown every Thursday at 7 p.m. in Roberts Hall, Room 101, from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. A full list of films in the series can be found at http://eu.montana.edu/hiroshima.

Organizer Tomomi Yamaguchi, an assistant professor of anthropology at MSU, hopes the Hiroshima-Nagasaki events will show people the lingering effect of the atomic bombs, a subject not talked about often, she said.

Yamaguchi would also like to collect 1,000 origami cranes to send to a museum in Hiroshima. Paper cranes have become a symbol of peace since the end of World War II, Yamaguchi said.

Instructions on how to fold the cranes can be found at the Web site listed below. The site also features information about upcoming events and will host audio and video podcasts of Sasamori's presentation.

Finished cranes can be brought to Sasamori's talk or either photo exhibition. They can also be mailed directly to Yamaguchi at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Montana State University, P.O. Box 172380, Bozeman, MT 59717.

The atomic bomb commemorative events are sponsored by MSU, the City of Hiroshima and the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://eu.montana.edu/hiroshima or contact Tomomi Yamaguchi at 406-994-7288 or tyamaguchi@montana.edu.