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"Nidoto Nai Yoni": It Must Not Happen Again 

“’Nidoto Nai Yoni’: It Must Not Happen Again” documents a community art project created in response to a community-wide reading of Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine. Otsuka’s novel shares the different perspectives of the Japanese-American internment experience during World War II within one family. The community art project responded to the question: “How can we prevent injustice like this from happening again?” For the art project, hundreds of community members of all ages from the Holland, MI area as well as students and faculty from The American College of Greece submitted individually designed paper cranes that were later assembled into a large art piece that was unveiled to the community at the close of the Big Read program. The project website speaks to the power of literature to inspire creativity and societal reflection as well as the power of art to change the world. It documents the progression of the art piece and highlights many of the individually designed paper cranes.

Trouble viewing? See the project here instead.

Deborah Vriend Van Duinen
Department of Education
COLLABORATORS: Dr. Helena Maragou (Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor of English); Dr Anastasia Logotheti (Professor of English) – The American College of Greece
DEREE BOOK CLUB FACULTY ADVISORS: Dr Anastasia Logotheti and Dr Peter Zervos Governing Body (2017-18): Maria Bouchli (President), Ioanna Micha (Treasurer), Anthi Cheimariou (Secretary)
ENGLISH SOCIETY FACULTY ADVISORS: Dr Anastasia Logotheti and Ms. Melpómeni Ilkos Governing Body (2017-2018): Maria Bouchli (President), Anthi Cheimariou (Vice President), Mahin Siddiki (Treasurer), Danae Tsakmakidi (Member), Katerina Psilopoulou (Secretary)
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