Roger Shimomura: Lithographs

March 8 - April 6

March 29, Reception 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Roger Shimomura, American Guardian (detail)

The artist says of the work presented at Bannister Gallery:

"This exhibition of lithographs not only offers a few of my earliest memories of life in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, but is also meant to bring attention to the failure of America during WWII to distinguish between the Americans of Japanese descent and the Japanese enemy that ultimately led to the incarceration of innocent people. I also offer this exhibition as a metaphor referring to the 9/11 disaster and as a warning and reminder that during times of international crises our government tends to lose its memory regarding past injustices towards its own people."

Roger Shimomura is University Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Kansas.

On March 29 he will present the keynote address for the Open Books–Open Minds series Student Conference. This year's series focuses on Julie Otsuka's novel When the Emperor Was Divine. Set in the 1940s, Otsuka's book recounts the experiences of a Japanese American family who were reclassified as "enemy aliens" and placed in an internment camp in the American West.

The address will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Alger Hall 110. A reception will follow.

An interview with Dr. Roger Shimomura

For more information about this series of events, Exploring the Japanese American Internment through Art and Literature, visit Open Books - Open Minds.

These events are free and open to the public.

This program is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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