Los Alamos Japan Institute
is proud to welcome
Ray Monk in conversation
with Clifton Truman Daniel
June 22, 2021
12pm US Mountain Time—7pm UK
Ray Monk is a British philosopher and writer whose insightful biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer was published after 11 years of research. He has contributed numerous articles on philosophy and veganism and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton. Clifton Truman Daniel is grandson of US President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess. He currently portrays his grandfather in the one-man stage show, Give ‘Em Hell Harry, as well as writing and lecturing on the Truman presidency.
Suggested donation $18.
LAJI partners with a global network of change makers, social thinkers, scientists, survivors, artists, educators, mayors, museums, and universities to develop intercultural experiences in the US, Japan and around the world.
LAJI was founded in New Mexico, US, a place where the atomic bomb was tested, and the nuclear age was born. A place of dislocation for Japanese-Americans moved to three internment camps New Mexico—a place of refuge for Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, and later the Holocaust. The US Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, calls New Mexico home, a place her ancestors have lived for 35 generations.
As I was raised in Hiroshima, Los Alamos instantly reminded me of the bombing of Hiroshima on August, 6, 1945. At first I hesitated to visit but the warm personality of Judith Stauber helped me make the decision to actually visit. I cannot forget the warm welcome by Dr. Stauber and the people of Los Alamos. To my surprise, the beautiful blue sky and clear air made me feel refreshed and even familiar. After seeing exhibits and talking with people in Los Alamos—I reaffirmed the tremendous impact of science on humanity and the importance of faithfully facing history.
Kenji Shiga, Former Director Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
My grandfather took sole responsibility for the atomic bombings of Japan, neither making excuses nor denying the devastation. In 1947, when criticized for placing a wreath at the tomb of six Mexican army cadets who had died fighting against the US 100 years earlier, he said: "They had courage and courage does not belong to any one nation. You honor courage wherever you find it." We rejoice in the lives saved in WWII and acknowledge and honor the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Honorary Chairman, Truman Library Institute
Chair, Los Alamos-Japan Institute Advisory Board
1945-2020. LAJI presents unique 75th anniversary ceramic raku tiles crafted in Los Alamos. Our tile designs commemorate the relevant and inclusive cultural exchange taking place today between atomic legacy communities in the US and Japan.
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Dr. Judith Stauber builds intercultural relationships and diverse collaborative partnerships. She negotiated, and delivered proclamations of understanding to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on behalf of Los Alamos County to honor the historic friendship she established while Los Alamos History Museum Director (2011-2018). Stauber founded LAJI to bridge communication and empathy between people and places of conscience with complicated shared histories. Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paper Crane Foundation supports programming on reconciliation, disarmament and open, honest discussion of conflict. It is the sister organization to Japan’s Sadako Legacy, honoring Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki, whose dying wish was for peace.