February 18, 2008
Contact: Juanita Britton
University of the District of Columbia Hosts A-bomb Survivor & Hiroshima Peace Exhibit
Ribbon-cutting & Reception, Monday March 3rd
Washington, DC -- On March 3, 2008, the University of the District of Columbia, Office of University Relations and Communications will host an opening reception for Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition, a photographic exhibit. The exhibit will run from March 3-28, 2008, and is sponsored by the Mayors for Peace, an organization of 1,651 city mayors from 120 countries around the world.
The opening ceremony will feature discussion with an A-bomb survivor, Ms Sadae Kasaoka, and the ribbon-cutting unveiling of 30 dramatic panel posters that reveal the magnitude of the destruction that took place over 62 years ago.
In September 2006, a delegation of from the University presented papers and held discussions at the Sustainable Peace Conference in Hiroshima, Japan. The success of those presentations lead to the selection of Washington, DC and the University as the kick-off of the100 city U.S. tour of the exhibit and peace building initiative.
The University is reviewing the feasibility of introducing the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Study Curriculum as part of the efforts to make the nuclear age a legitimate topic of study across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. We hope that working together with the Peace Institute and the Peace Study Curriculum will lead to an internship program and an active program of UDC students and faculty exchanges. This would strengthen the bonds that exist between Hiroshima and Washington, DC, and begin a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between our universities.
The ribbon cutting and evening reception will be held on the University campus in Building #41, Room A03. Expected to attend are the University students, Acting President Stanley Jackson, Members of the University Board of Trustees, Administration and Faculty, Mayor Adrian Fenty, City Council, Japanese Diplomatic Delegation, Japanese Society, Cherry Blossom Contingency, Representative from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Officials of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, University Corporate Board, Foundation, Truth Club, Muslim Students Club, and Buddhist Club.
What: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition, a dramatic photo exhibit and discussion with
survivor, Sadae Kasasoka on the aftermath of the1945, A-bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagaski.
When: March 3-28, 2008 (March 3rd Ribbon Cutting 6:30pm
Where: University of the District of Columbia, Building 42, Room A-03
Japanese diplomatic delegation representative pinning reception will be held at 6pm.
The information presented at the exhibit is relevant today for two main reasons. First, testimony and the University of the District of Columbia to host it. Washington of an nuclear weapon. The opening event will feature him . The Mayors for Peace, founded in 1982 by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, work to promote the transnational solidarity of cities seeking to eliminate nuclear weapons. Hiroshima and Nagasaki have consistently sought to persuade the world that nuclear weapons are inhumane and have continually called for their total abolition. The exhibit documents the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
I am requesting your presence at the opening of the exhibit at which you would sign the peace declaration of behalf of Washington, DC, and join the Mayors for Peace. Steve Leeper, the United States Representative, and a survivor of Hiroshima will be in attendance. Japan TV will be filming the event for their viewers as the Mayors for Peace is conducting a “2020” Vision Campaign” with the goal of total nuclear weapons abolition by the year 2020, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing. When Mayors sign on it means they support the commencement of negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.
Approximately, 113 U.S. cities in 34 states, including Takoma Park, MD; Philadelphia, PA. Charlottesville, VA. and Houston, TX. are members of the Mayors for Peace organization. Currently, Washington, D.C. Pyongyang, North Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan are the only capitals of nuclear-weapon states that are not members.
Mr. Leeper, the United States Representative, stated that he met you briefly at the US Conference of Mayors winter meeting last January and spoke about the relationship with the University of the District of Columbia.
UDC is reviewing the feasibility of introducing the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Study Curriculum as part of the efforts to make the nuclear age a legitimate topic of study across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. We hope that working together with the Peace Institute and the Peace Study Curriculum will lead to an internship program and an active program of UDC students and faculty exchanges. This would strengthen the bonds that exist between Hiroshima and Washington, DC, and begin a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between our universities.
Alternatively, if your schedule precludes your attendance at the opening, the participants can meet at your offices for a signing ceremony and photo-op, at a convenient time. Thomas E. Redmond is the new Director of Governmental Affairs for the University of the District of Columbia.
The Governmental Affairs office is responsible for providing leadership, support and guidance to administrators, faculty, staff and students in their interaction with District, federal officials and community leaders to accomplish University initiatives. The office reports on legislative and regulatory issues; conducts research on legislative activity in support of university policy and goals, and coordinates activities with civic and community groups and higher education associations.
He has worked for the District of Columbia Public Service Commission as Staff Counsel, the Council of the District of Columbia as Staff Director/ Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff to former Council member Frank Smith, Jr. and Chief of Staff to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. During his tenure at the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, he served as Associate General Counsel, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, and Acting Executive Director.
Thomas E. Redmond holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mississippi; a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.