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75 Years Later: Rethinking Japan, World War II, and the Atomic Bombs
Thursday, 13 Aug 2020
7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Asian Studies Center
Event Details:

A Single-Evening Online Mini-Course for NCTA Alumni

In August 1945, atomic bombs destroyed two Japanese cities. For some, it meant the end of World War II and the dawn of the nuclear age, but for others, the start of years of pain and suffering. What have seventy-five years helped us to understand about political events and the end of the war? Why do Japan and the United States, allies today, remember the bombs so differently? How have writers and artists, including hibakusha (survivors), attempted to convey their experiences through art and literature? Join us for answers to these and other questions in a stimulating session of learning that may lead you rethink old assumptions. Led by:

  • Professor Ethan Segal (Department of History, Michigan State University), who will speak on the significance and impact of the bombs, political decisions in 1945, and different ways of remembering.
  • Professor Laura Hein (Department of History, Northwestern University), who will speak on the art of survivors and others who depict the suffering and ravages of war.
  • Professor Kyle Greenwalt (Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University), who will guide discussion of pedagogical approaches and introduce some practical teaching techniques.

Michigan Teachers: earn 2.0 SCECHs for this event (provided at no charge, pending approval).

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: apply today at the 75 Years Later: Rethinking Japan, World War II, and the Atomic Bombs registration page. Space is limited. Course will be conducted via Zoom; link will be provided to accepted applicants.

If you have any questions please contact Ethan Segal at segale(at)

This learning opportunity is made possible by the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the MSU Asian Studies Center, and the University Center for International Studies and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at the University of Pittsburgh.