Golden Maple Reception - Keynote Presentation


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September 19, 7PM

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In the Wondrous Reverberations of Silence: Mel Murakami and a Generation of Japanese Canadian Visionaries

Keynote presentation by Dr. Darren Aoki & Dr. Carly Adams
September 19 - 7PM 

University of Lethbridge, 1st Choice Savings Building, Room PE-250 
No admission, donations greatly appreciated

They constructed a Japanese garden on the parched land of the southern Alberta prairie, an iconic monument amplifying the most powerful of all sounds –silence. Mel Murakami, Kingo Sakamoto, and a generation of many other Japanese Canadians. Who were these visionaries who literally changed the face of postwar Lethbridge? How can we piece together the stories of people who did so much but spoke so little?

In a very special journey to remember remarkable individuals, we’ll hear echoes of voices now long departed in the memories of their descendants. We’ll eavesdrop on the behind-the-scenes of the extraordinary things they achieved.

In giving long-overdue recognition to them, we’ll also begin to discover something of our own shared heritage: tales of wartime degradation survived and hardship overcome, of connections forged across continents and friendships nurtured, and above all, how a vision of beauty in a Japanese garden is a lesson of sharing in our conflicted times.

Come, join us, to hear silence in all its wondrous, thunderous reverberations.

Join us for Part 2 of our Golden Maple Reception on September 27 with an opera performance of Madame Butterfly inside the garden by the Little Lethbridge Opera Company. Learn more.