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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
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First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum

Lights to Our Future: Stories of Trial and Hope from Fukushima, Minamata, and Japan

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m

Bruce Allen will tell stories of trial and hope based on Japanese environmental incidents, including those in Fukushima and Minamata.  His talk will incorporate segments from a recent documentary film about Ishimure Michiko, Japan's foremost environmental writer-activist, who is known as the "Rachel Carson of Japan."  The film shows efforts of Japanese to come to terms with environmental and energy challenges, and to nurture reconciliation and hope for the future.

Bruce Allen is Professor of English at Seisen University in Japan, where he teaches courses in translation and environmental literature.  Originally from the Boston area, he has lived in Japan for the past 32 years.  He has specialized in the work of Japanese environmental writer-activist Ishimure Michiko and has translated several of her works, including her autobiographical documentary film "Towards the Paradise of Flowers," from which he will show selections dealing with Minamata, Fukushima, and the hope for finding alternative paths to our future.

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Mike Higgins

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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