2/25 — “Defiant Gardens” author talk at CSULB

Feb. 25 — Kenneth Helphand will talk about gardens produced in the Japanese American internment camps, including Manzanar, on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Daniel Recital Hall at Cal State Long Beach. Helphand is author of “Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime.”

Helphand is the Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon and chair of the Senior Fellows of Garden and Landscape Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.  He will present examples from World War I, Nazi Europe, and the Japanese American internment camps in the United States, including Merritt Park, a Japanese garden built in 1943 by the internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, recently excavated by the National Parks Service.

The lecture is the inaugural program of Cal State Long Beach’s “The B-Word Project: Banned, Blacklisted & Boycotted,” a campus-wide initiative on censorship and the response to it, coordinated by CSULB’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center.  Helphand’s presentation is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the Friends of the Japanese Garden.

Light reception and book signing to follow the lecture. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Friends of the Garden are free. Non-members: $5. To RSVP, call (562) 985-2169.