Humanities in the Wild: Finding Solace in the Soil

Sep 15, 2022, 6:30 pm

Humanities in the Wild is an exploratory outdoor experience that empowers participants to step into the landscapes that inspired some of the American West’s greatest literature Join us at Red Butte Garden for a conversation with Lily Havey, author of Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp, and Dr. Bonnie Clark, author of Finding Solace in the Soil.

Presented by Lily Yuriko Havey and Bonnie J. Clark

During World War II, Americans of Japanese ancestry were removed from their homes on the Pacific coast and placed into confinement camps throughout the western US. The people incarcerated there transformed these hostile landscapes through intensive gardening, a testimony to their skill and resilience. This talk brings together two authors who have used different techniques—art and archaeology—to explore the gardens at one such camp: Amache, Colorado. This unique look at historic gardens draws from personal experience, imagination, and systematic landscape study to weave a holistic picture of these inspirational expressions of the human spirit.

Lily Yuriko Havey is an artist and a survivor of the Colorado Japanese American incarceration camp, Amache. The author of Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence, Havey lives and works in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Bonnie J. Clark leads collaborative archaeology at Amache and serves as an anthropology professor at the University of Denver. She is the author of Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache.

- ASL interpretation provided if requested. Email to make the request.
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- On-site sensory kit provided by Utah Humanities
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This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, The King's English Bookshop, and Red Butte Garden.

Red Butte Garden

300 S Wakara Way
Emigration Canyon , UT 84108-1214
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Willy Palomo