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Hello, Dear Enemy!

How do you say “peace” in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and German? 

Join us for an international reading of five remarkable books in the exhibit Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity. Hear the original versions together with English translations.

Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m.
The Old Bookstore (College Center)

"Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity", curated by the International Youth Library in Munich, will be on display in the Old Bookstore (College Center) through March 4, 2018.

This exhibition presents an international selection of striking and original picture books that illuminate the motives and consequences of war, especially its impact on the lives of children.  Often in quiet and gentle ways, these books speak of everyday life in regions of conflict, of oppression, persecution and traumatic escape, as well as of forbidding borders, threats and injuries. Still, many of them conclude by pointing out paths to a better future, and by cultivating openness, curiosity and empathy. After the exhibit comes down at Vassar, it will travel to local schools and libraries. This part of the project is attached to a course of the same name taught by Vassar professors Elliott Schrieber (German) and Tracy Holland (Education). The exbihit was designed for the Old Bookstore space by Monica Church.
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