In an age where computers and the Internet reign supreme, the sense of sight is often deemed more important than the sense of touch. Kojiro Hirose, from the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan, disagrees with this hierarchy, arguing that there are important aspects of the world humans cannot understand without tactile learning. Dr. Hirose will talk about his research into the value of touch during his presentation “Hands of a Goze [blind female musician]: The Tactile Culture of Visually-Impaired People in Modern Japan” on January 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Dean Hall 104. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, the Museum of Culture and Environment, the Asia/Pacific Studies Program, and Disability Services.
This event is free and open to the public and is held in conjunction with MCE’s winter exhibit, Where There’s Smoke . . . Living with Fire. For more information go to www.cwu.edu/museum.
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Media Contact: Elizabeth Bollwerk, Museum of Culture and Environment, 509-963-2313, firstname.lastname@example.org