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ARTIST SETSUKO WINCHESTER, BCC’S CHARLES PARK TO LEAD IMMIGRATION PANEL DISCUSSION THIS TUESDAY

Nov. 9, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the campus will offer a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218), to explore the themes of artist Setsuko Winchester’s exhibition, “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project” in MCLA Gallery 51.

Winchester, along with Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project Director Dr. Charles Clark, an assistant professor of English at Berkshire Community College (BCC), will lead this discussion. It will focus on the parallels between the executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 and recent immigration orders signed by President Donald Trump, as it explores the contemporary discourse on immigration in the United States.

This event – the culminating program for the “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project,” is free and open to the public. It will be moderated by MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Director Michelle Daly.

According to Daly, “We’ve been delighted to work with Setsuko to conceptually explore her project through an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between students, faculty, and the public. This conversation about immigration feels particularly relevant given recent statements and executive orders from the President. For “Immigration Matters,” we’ll explore what we can learn from this past, and how to engage with a complex policy in the present.” 

Born in New York City, N.Y., to Japanese immigrant parents, Winchester worked in journalism, finding employment at National Public Radio (NPR) as an editor and producer, as well as on talk shows such as “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” Following her journalistic career, she moved to Western Massachusetts to pursue her passion of ceramics and visual art.

Prior to joining the faculty at BCC, Park taught a wide range of composition and literature courses at both two-year and four-year institutions. His research, presentations, and teaching all focus on the creation of multicultural identity in contemporary consumer culture. Park earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

The “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project” in MCLA Gallery 51 marks the first show of the entire series of photographs created for the project, which documents site-based installations of 120 yellow tea bowls made by Winchester to represent the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese-Americans to 10 internment camps in the American West during World War II.

It includes Winchester’s photographs of 120 fragile yellow tea bowls that she traveled with as she visited Japanese internment camps, as well as notable, historical landmarks, across the country.

Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project,” will remain on view in MCLA Gallery 51 through Sunday, Nov. 19. For more information about “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project,” please visit www.mcla.edu/Gallery51.  For more about the artist, go to www.yellowbowlproject.org.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community.  BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA, and greater creative communities through its cultural programming.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system.  MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.