The panel will take place on Thursday, January 6th, 5:30-7:30 PM in Harkness Hall at the USC IGM Art Gallery,2250 Alcazar St., CSC 240, Los Angeles, CA 90033. (See map below.) It will be moderated by Troy Wade, a member of the Board of Directors of the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada who served as director of the Nevada Test Site when it opened in the 1950’s. Nagasaki bombing survivor, Yoshiro Yamawaki, will participate through a live video link from the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Other panelists include Tomoko Maekawa, an ambassador for City of Nagasaki peace initiatives, and David Krieger, President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Dr. Hara, was born in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II and, in his many years of practice, has administered to eight or nine “Hibakusha” (bombing survivors) from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He will speak about the human devastation caused immediately and soon after by radiation, the radius of the intense heat, the raging fires and the loss of sight from witnessing the flash. While the long-term effects on reproduction, fertility and genetics are still not known, Dr. Hara, during his practice, has observed the prevalence of certain cancers and developmental defects in the ensuing years since the bombings. Dr. Hara is concerned about how close we have come to launching another bomb and the ability of community emergency systems and hospitals to even exist in order to respond to another blast of this magnitude in urban centers.
Other speakers will address the political context of nuclear weapons development, world-wide peace and disarmament efforts by leaders, governments and citizen organizations, long-term environmental issues and the ability of the New START Treaty to address the prospect of another nuclear Holocaust.
Institute for Genetic Medicine
2250 Alcazar St., CSC 240
Los Angeles, CA 90033