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A conversation with artist Tomiko West, led by Cannon Hersey

LocationRockefeller Hall, Room 200

Hiroshima survivor and former Vassar Professor Tomiko West will share her story with Cannon Hersey ’99, an artist, organizer, and educator.  At Vassar, Hersey pursued an independent major focused on Studies on Modern Asian Culture. He is the founder and director of 1Future, a creative studio that tells the stories of social change and innovation.

As the grandson of John Hersey, the author of Hiroshima, Cannon Hersey has been working as a producer, writer, and host for three, 50-minute programs on Hiroshima with NHK Broadcasting and NHK World-Japan, called “Hiroshima Revealed.”

Cannon Hersey’s media projects have reached over 500 million people since 2015. With the support of his 1Future team, Hersey is aiming to impact one billion people with the stories of Hiroshima in 2020. This conversation is a call to action for young people to be heard and to not look to leadership from others but instead, to find leadership in themselves.

The conversation will be accompanied by media projections of 1Future’s Zero Project 2015-2018 in Hiroshima, Johannesburg, Guadalajara, Miami, and New York City that highlight the stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors and show how young people are finding personal leadership in the conversation on nuclear abolishment.

Sponsored by the Chinese and Japanese Department and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and Political Science Department.

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