This exhibition reflects the collaborative efforts of the Bryn Mawr 360°program Perspectives on Sustainability: Narratives of Disasters andRebuilding in Japan. 360° programs are unique educational experiencesdesigned to expand beyond the boundaries of the classroom and bridgebetween disciplines and communities. Usually taught in clusters of twoor more courses, 360° programs cultivate in-depth and interdisciplinaryscholarship, collaborative research, and creative community interaction.For Perspectives on Sustainability, participants enrolled in threecourse all focused on the history of disaster in Japan. Under theguidance of Bryn Mawr College Professor Carola Hein (Growth andStructures of Cities) and Swarthmore College Professors William Gardner(Japanese Modern Languages and Literatures) and Tomoko Sakomura (Art),the 360° students focused their research on four catastrophic events:The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the 1945 Atomic Bombings ofHiroshima and Nagasaki, the Kobe Earthquake of 1995, and the tripledisaster of March 11, 2011.
Studentsconsidered the historical impact of these disasters through theirrepresentation in Japanese art, literature and documentary film, and theeffected changes and continuities in urban form and architecture.Additionally, the 360° participants grounded this larger history throughprimary research in the Tri-College archives and collections. Thisexhibition is the culmination of the students’ joint efforts andexplorations. Focusing on the time periods surrounding these four majordisasters, the exhibit traces the lasting relationship between theTri-College community and Japan. In three sections, the exhibit includesthematic panels addressing pertinent scholarship, a timeline ofimportant bridges between Tri-Co and Japan, and a selection of objectsfrom the college collections, all of which testify to the resilience ofJapanese culture and the importance of remembrance, reflection, and theextension of communities beyond the boundaries of nation.
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