“Conversations Behind The Walls” Virtual Symposium

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The University of Wyoming Art Museum and American Studies Program will host a series of talks, presentations and art activations during October in conjunction with the exhibition “Moving Walls: Heart Mountain Barracks in the Big Horn Basin.”

The goals of “Conversations Beyond the Walls: A Virtual Symposium” are to honor the history of Japanese American people incarcerated in Wyoming and other locations during World War II, and to integrate arts with complex cultural issues. The series is inspired by the historical event and is planned to address contemporary narratives such as global human migrations; displacement of people; power and control; empathy and belonging; homesteading; resiliency; diversity; and social justice issues.

All events are free; however, preregistration is required. To register or for more information, go to www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/learn/symposia/conversations-beyond-the-walls/. Zoom links to the events will be provided.

Live captioning or transcription will be available during each event. Reasonable accommodation requests can be made before each event by calling Raechel Cook at (307) 766-3483 or emailing raechel.cook@uwyo.edu.

Events are as follows:

— Thursday, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Storytelling for a Better World,” featuring Bacon Sakatani, a former Heart Mountain incarceree. Sakatani will be joined by Dakota Russell, executive director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, and Aura Newlin, a board member of the foundation and also a UW alumna and Northwest College faculty member.

The symposium is sponsored by the UW American Heritage Center; UW American Studies Program; UW College of Law; UW Department of History; UW Honors College; UW Libraries; UW School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice; Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Homesteader Museum; and WIHR.

For more information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622; visit the website at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum; or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.

The UW Art Museum collects, exhibits and interprets art to inspire creativity and nurture lifelong learning for the people of Wyoming and beyond. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 E. Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon are designated for at-risk visitors only. Admission is free.