America in Times of Conflict Wartime history and culture programs offered by Chandler Public Library and partners in January

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
      Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
      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
      Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
      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
      Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m.
      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
      Monday, Jan. 23, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
      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 Saturday, Jan. 28
      Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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