Saturday, March 30, 4PM


with Hiroko Aihara, Kyoko Sato and Yasuyo Tanaka

Join us for a discussion and report back from the 40 year anniversary of Three Mile Island.

This year 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. It was the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the United States. This accident on March 28, 1979 triggered the nuclear abolition movement. On June 12, 1982, one million people demonstrated in New York City's Central Park against nuclear weapons and for an end to the Cold War. It became the largest anti-nuclear protest and political demonstration in U.S. history.

The Three Mile Island nuclear plant will shut down in 2019. The Indian Point nuclear power plant closest to New York City, could be shut down by 2021. Although the times have been changing and shifting to natural energy, we face new problems of nuclear waste disposal and storage. There is also high radiation dose in New York, invisible radiation damage is not over yet.

in conjunction with exhibition if the wind blows

Hiroko Aihara a native of Fukushima, investigative reporter, a freelance medical journalist and resident of Fukushima will speak on what is happening in her community. She will bring with her short video interviews of her neighbors and what they would like for us to know about their current situation. Hiroko was a visiting research fellow at the Miller School of Medicine at Miami University, the University of the Philippines and the Atendo de Manila University in the Philippines. She has written for major news outlets in Japan and now publishes through her own company, Japan Perspective News.

Kyoko Sato Ph.D is the Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. She is currently conducting a multi-year study on nuclear governance in Japan and the United States, speci cally examining how it evolved in postwar years and what impact the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has had on it in both countries. Dr. Sato received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University, MA in journalism from New York University. She also taught sociology and social theory as a lecturer at Harvard University. Before entering the academia, she was a journalist based in Tokyo.

Yasuyo Tanaka interdisciplinary artist who engaged social practice and education living NYC. Her perspective changed when she got involved in the life of two countries. The historical background of the United States and Japan has influenced her work. Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, nuclear issues became an important theme in my work, partly because my family was directly affected by the disaster. Her hometown Yaita city and Shioya town became the candidates as sites for disposal of nuclear waste. She’s been researching nuclear issues, conveying information through her artwork.