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Sept. 22: Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor To Speak at Carnegie Mellon Sept. 26


Abby Houck                        

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor
To Speak at Carnegie Mellon Sept. 26

Lecture is Part of Pittsburgh's Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace Series

PITTSBURGH—Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Sachiko Masuoka and second-generation survivor Yuki Miyamoto will present a lecture Friday, Sept. 26 at Carnegie Mellon University's Gregg Hall (100 Porter Hall). A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the lecture immediately following.
The event is part of the Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace Series hosted by various organizations in Pittsburgh throughout September. More information on the series is available at
At the age of 18, Masuoka experienced the atomic bombing just two miles from the hypocenter of Hiroshima. Although she was not seriously injured, her younger brother and sister died. The images she witnessed in the aftermath of the 1945 bombing will remain with her forever. Masuoka moved to the United States in 1962 and began sharing her experiences with audiences several years ago. A strong advocate for world peace, Masuoka stresses the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Miyamoto is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. A native of Hiroshima, Miyamoto's work is dedicated primarily to atomic bomb discourse. She has also led two groups of DePaul students on short-term study abroad programs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 2007, Miyamoto's students returned from the trip to Japan and successfully encouraged Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Evanston (Ill.) Mayor Lorraine Morton to join the Mayors for Peace movement, an initiative that Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima began in 1982 to help cities transcend national borders and work toward nuclear abolition. As of September 2008, 2,410 cities in 131 countries and regions have joined the Mayors for Peace movement.
"Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace" is sponsored by a diverse group of organizations and individuals from Pittsburgh and Japan including: The Three Rivers Community Fund; Wood Street Frame Shop; United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania; Pleasure Bar; JAM Hiroshima; Hiroshima Lodge of the Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers' Unions; Hiroshima District Council of the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers' Unions; Hiroshima Workers' Union; Fujimoto Seminar Nanzan University; CCU of Hyogo Prefecture Peace Action; Yoshiaki Tsuboi; Mitsuko Amano; Tsuyoshi Amamiya; Mika Yoshida and Takehiro Asano.
Questions regarding the Sept. 26 lecture at Carnegie Mellon should be directed to M. Shernell Smith at 412-268-2075 or