Camp Harmony: Music of the Japanese American Internment, May 15 - June 20
This exhibit serves as an introduction to the role of music in the Japanese American internment camps of the 1940s. The misnomer "Camp Harmony" was the unofficial nickname of the Puyallup, Washington Assembly Center, where Japanese-American internees were held until assigned to established "colonies" during World War II. While the Japanese American internment camps of the 1940s have striking similarities to Nazi concentration camps, public knowledge and discourse regarding the American internment camps is underdeveloped. In both instances, however, fear-mongering by state leaders brewed widespread suspicion of and unjustified resentment toward particular ethnic groups, resulting in unspeakable crimes against humanity. Prisoners in Japanese-American internment camps used music as a coping mechanism, a means of staying connected to ethnic and national roots, and, in some instances, as a form of resistance. Alternatively, music was used by oppressors to enforce assimilation and obedience. As racism and xenophobia continues to go unnoticed or ignored, this exhibit aims to remind viewers that awareness of injustice is essential for moving towards a livable, safe world for all.
Exhibit curated by Betty Kim '20 and designed by Memory Apata, Paddock Music Library
A Night of Sikh Music
Coordinated by Amrit Ahluwahlia ‘19
Cosponsored by the Office of Pluralism and Development, Paddock Music Library, and the Tucker Center
July 27, 2017
Sikhism is a major world religion whose practice is deeply tied to music. Founded by a musician in the 15th century, sikh religious services are comprised solely of the singing of religious texts, accompanied by traditional instruments including the rabab, saranda, jori, sarangi, taus, and dilruba. As Sikhism spread to the west, a renaissance of musicians and instrument makers has arisen to teach and preserve sikh music. Paddock Music Library welcomes some of these teachers and students from the Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies for a lecture recital and concert. Accompanied by a collections showcase in the library, these events serve to introduce the Upper Valley community to a musical genre rarely performed in our area and as a site of inquiry into this fascinating tradition.