Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
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Whittier, CA 90608-0634


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WHITTIER, CA (January 17, 2006) –In conjunction with the Whittier Public Library and with local literary campaign “Whittier Reads, 2006: One City One Book,” an exhibit based on Farewell to Manzanar—Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s personal account of life in a World War II Japanese interment camp—is currently on display through January 25 at Bonnie Bell Wardman Library in the Rose Hills Foundation Center for Library and Information Resources, located on the Whittier College campus. This exhibit is free and open to the public; for more information, exhibition hours, or directions to the library, please call the Wardman Library Office at (562) 907-4247. 

Most of the items on display are loaned from the private collection of Helen and Robert O’Brien, the latter a sociology professor at Whittier from 1954-1976 who was instrumental in helping Japanese-American students complete their college education post-internment. Among the items in the “Manzanar” display are: an autographed copy of Wakatsuki’s book, a poster from 1942 with orders for evacuation, an archival map of the relocation centers, a formal certificate honoring the O' Briens for their assistance and generosity during World War II, three copies of the periodical Trek published by the occupants of the Central Utah relocation center (1942-43), and a copy of O’Brien’s book, The College Nisei, along with original illustrations for the text. 

Up next at Wardman Library will be “Turning Pages, Part II” –an exhibition of book arts highlighting both undergraduate and graduate work of several young artists from the renowned University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia—on display from January 26 through March 1, 2006.  This series of works will include printmaking and book artistry that employs innovative construction executed in a variety media. On January 30, from 4 – 6p.m., an opening reception and gallery talk will be given by “Turning Pages” curator and UArts graduate art student Rachelle W. Chuang. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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