Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 pm
Remarks at 6:00 pm at the Porter College Koi Pond
Free and open to the public Location map
Event parking is available at Porter College in meters during the day.
Weekly dialogues every Wednesday 6-8pm. See event listings below or on event link each week.
Closed for early for Thanksgiving Holiday on Wednesday, Novemeber 22 at 5pm and will remain closed from November 23- 27
The Gail Project is a collaborative, international public history project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa. The project is inspired by a collection of photos taken in Okinawa in 1952 by an American Army Captain: Charles Eugene Gail. The photos were generously donated to Special Collections at McHenry Library by Charles' daughter, Geri Gail, and have since been made available for student research. Our team of faculty, staff and undergraduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, developing a traveling exhibition of Gail's photographs with an accompanying digital archive that is comprised of the photos, key texts and documents, oral histories from both American and Okinawan We believe that using the photographs as a lens through which this view the crucial time is relevant to populations throughout Okinawa, Japan, the United States and the entire Pacific region, and we aim to establish A dialogue by shedding light on both historical and contemporary issues.
The project emphasizes hands-on research and creation of undergraduate students and as an innovative platform for new educational methods that encourage the use of multimedia, social media, archival research and travel. This past August, a group of UCSC students, faculty, and staff travelled to Okinawa to re-visit many of Charles Gail's original photographic sites and documented how the Okinawan landscape has changed over the past 64 years.
The Gail Project is co-directed by Professor Alan Christy of the Department of History at UC Santa Cruz and Dustin Wright; and curated by Shelby Graham of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery with media direction by Tosh Tanaka of Learning Technologies; and research by UCSC students: Nick Bass, Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Jasmine Chang, Brandon Cho, Cameron Gao, Thomas Herz, Teodor Jaich, Julia Jen, Alexyss Mcclellan, Robert Potmesil, Yoshimi Suda, Shanley Sullivan, Evan Terris, and many others along with alumni: Rei Coleman, Stella Fronius, Conner Lowe, Natanel Miller, Helen Porter, Madeline Thompson, and Cameron Vanderscoff.
(through the academic year)
Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5 p.m.
Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Parking passes provided for group tours.
For more information: https://gailproject.ucsc.edu/
For more information about the Institute for Humanities Research visit ihr.ucsc.edu
For more information about the Arts Division visit: arts.ucsc.edu/
Sesnon Gallery Presents Wednesday Eve. Dialogues for The Gail Project RSVP
6-8pm. FREE and open to the public.
October 11: Growing Up in Okinawa
Santa Cruz resident Art Bobroskie will talk about growing up in Okinawa in the 1950s
Open to all generations growing up in Okinawa
Taco Rice will be served by the podcast team
October 18: Country Roads: American music in Okinawa
Open mic music night. Bring your instrument.
with Cameron Gao, Tommy Herz and others
October 25: in the Faculty Gallery: Book Arts Walkthrough with local bookmakers
Reminder for the Opening of the Pacific Rim Music Festival at the UCSC music recital hall
November 1: Professor Alan Christy in Conversation with Linguist Leon Serafim on Research in Okinawa
6-8pm with light refreshments
November 6 opening (Monday) 4-6 pm at Smith Gallery at Cowell College with student reseach
November 8: TBA
November 15: TBA
The Gail Project is co-directed by Professor Alan Christy of the Department of History at UC
Santa Cruz and Assistant Professor Dustin Wright at Connecticut College; along with
Professor Alice Yang as Director of Oral Histories; curated by Shelby Graham, Director of the
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery; with media direction by Tosh Tanaka from Learning
Research contributed by UCSC students:
Nick Bass, Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Jasmine Chang, Brandon Cho, Cameron Gao, Thomas
Herz, Teodor Jaich, Julia Jen, Alexyss McClellan, Robert Potmesil, Yoshimi Suda, Shanley
Sullivan, Evan Terris, Jack Parnell-Wolfe and Kamiah Dix, Keir Negron, Joan Ancheta,
Amanda Qiu, Kevin Tran, Cloe Huang, and many others along with alumni: Ella Goldberg,
Jesse Haupt, Rei Coleman, Stella Fronius, Conner Lowe, Natanel Miller, Helen Porter, Nick
Taber, Madeline Thompson, and oral historian Cameron Vanderscoff.
Sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) and the Arts Division at UC, Santa
Cruz, along with generous private donors and participants:
Jane and Robert Morse
Alec and Claudia Webster
McHenry Library’s Special Collections & Archives for loan of originals
Edward Ramirez, digital printmaker
Jessica Pigza, archivist
Susan Chesley Perry
With gratitude to all the Sesnon Gallery interns and volunteers: