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College of Arts and Humanities

TONIGHT! "Comfort Women" examined through film, readings and panel discussion

TONIGHT: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7 p.m., CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom
Free and open to the public

A panel of seven scholars from universities and colleges across Washington State will review the historical evidence about wartime sexual slavery and explore current struggles over historical memory in a panel discussion at 7 p.m. April 28 in the SURC ballroom. The program, titled "Sexual Slavery in the Wartime Japanese Empire: The Historical Record and the Politics of Memory," will examine the subject in the context of international attention to human rights, trafficking, and violence against women.

Panelists include Dr. Bang-Soon Yoon, Dr. Chong Eun Ahn and Dr. Mark Auslander from Central Washington University; Dr. Yukiko Shigeto from Whitman College; and Dr. Davinder Bhowmik and Dr. Justin Jesty from University of Washington. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stacey Robertson, Dean of the CWU College of Arts and Humanities.

Preceding the panel, at 5:30 p.m. in the SURC Pit:

A screening of the 30 min. film, "The Butterflies: Flying High With Hope," followed by readings of victims' testimonies about the "Comfort Women" system delivered by students and community members.

All three programs are free and open to the public. More information and background about the subject and panelists can be found at

The program is being sponsored by CWU's Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Department of World Languages, Asian and Pacific Islander Studies Program, Department of History, William O. Douglas Honors College, Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Department of Political Science, and Museum of Culture and Environment. The readings are being coordinated by Professor Jay Ball, Theatre Arts.

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