Los Alamos-Japan Institute’s global conversations begin with October 15 webinar – Los Alamos Reporter
NEWS FROM LOS ALAMOS-JAPAN INSTITUTE
Los Alamos-Japan Institute (LAJI) launches LAJI Global Conversations, a new webinar series featuring Clifton Truman Daniel in conversation with thought leaders and change makers 75 years after his grandfather, President Harry S. Truman, authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan.
The LAJI Global Conversations will begin on October 15 at 5:00 p.m. with Masahiro Sasaki, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and brother of Sadako Sasaki, whose actions sparked a movement for peace. Join Masahiro and Clifton in a conversation about the importance of origami paper cranes, their place in Sadako’s life, and Masahiro’s vision for their role in global reconciliation.
Sadako’s short life inspired the creation of the Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument, a statue of a young girl lifting a paper cane to the sky. The monument is dedicated to all the children killed, injured or sickened by the bomb.
“Ever since Sadako heard from our father of the legend of the paper crane: “If you fold a thousand paper cranes your wish will come true”, she continued to fold the cranes until her last breath, “said Masahiro. “Now people got to know its history and started to gift their paper cranes with various wishes to this monument from all over the world. The paper crane is Sadako’s alter ego. Sadako, realizing that he didn’t have much time left to live, kept bending cranes day after day to wish them without any lament or resentment. In addition, she continued to fold the cranes not for herself but for our parents and family. This is what I want to share with all of you, the Compassionate Heart.“
“Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain places of consciousness connected by the atomic bomb,” said LAJI director Judith Stauber. “Seven decades later, personal and community memories remain deeply rooted in the culture and values of these places. “
LAJI builds global cultural bridges with a network of atomic bomb survivors, scientists, artists, educators, mayors and museums to foster intercultural dialogue and collaboration. Masahiro Sasaki and Clifton Truman Daniel are co-chairs of the LAJI Advisory Board.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.laji.us or contact Stauber, [email protected] Co-sponsored with the Paper Crane Foundation.
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