America in Times of Conflict
Wartime history and culture programs offered by Chandler Public Library and
partners in January
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Public Library series, America in Times of
Conflict, continues with programs in January 2017 featuring speakers and a
film, along with a museum exhibit exploring our country’s history and
culture during wartime. This collaborative series of panel discussions,
exhibits, movies, lectures and performances is made possible through a
partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler
Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. The programs feature many
local stories that bring this history close to home. America in Times of
Conflict programs for January 2017 include:
· Art of the Internment Camp: Culture Behind Barbed Wire
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt's WWII executive order 9066
forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese American citizens from
the west coast to 10 remote camps in seven western states. Government
photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented
this experience. Artists including Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, and
Isamu Noguchi made powerful records of camp life. Professor Betsy
Fahlman of Arizona State University will present on the lasting
legacy of these artists who experienced the camps first hand.
· Remembering the Korean War
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
Between 1950 and 1953, over 5 million Americans served in the Korean
War, often called the “Forgotten War.” Local veterans will share
their stories, including Mesa-native Arden Rowley, who was held
captive in North Korea for nearly three years. Also joining the panel
are Marine Corps veterans Lew Bradley, who served as crew chief in
Air Sea Rescue, and Ralph Gastelum, who survived the brutal Battle of
Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. This program will be moderated by
local Korean American writer and historian Susan Kee, and includes a
question and answer period.
· Nozomi Park History Kiosk Dedication
Nozomi Park, 250 S. Kyrene Road
The interpretive signage in this permanent exhibit tells the history
of the Gila River War Relocation Center, an internment camp for
Japanese Americans during World War II. The panels also highlight the
importance of baseball to the Japanese Americans in the camps, which
gave them a sense of pride, hope and normalcy during their
incarceration. Presented in collaboration with the Arizona Japanese
American Citizens League.
· The Day the Earth Stood Still
Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St.
In this 1951 classic, an alien visits Earth to bring a warning about
the dangers of atomic power. Following the showing of the movie, Dr.
Michael Rubinoff from the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular
Culture will lead a discussion about America’s anxieties during the
Cold War era, when “the bomb” was on everyone’s mind.
· The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil at Tule Lake
Ongoing exhibit through
Open , Tues.-Sat.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive
This exhibit looks at the complexity of the Japanese American
confinement site in Newell, CA. Through haunting images of artifacts
by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives
of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider
both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might
have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty.
America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the
Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library
Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of
Museum and Library services.
For more information on these and other programs, call 480-782-2800 or
America in Times of Conflict