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 Thanksgiving Holiday November 22- 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: Oral History Project and how to collect stories
Also in the Faculty Gallery: Book Arts Walkthrough with local bookmakers
November 1: Professor Alan Christy on Research in Okinawa
November 8: TBA
November 15: TBA