Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir

A Conversation with  Toronto-based activist Julie Salverson

at Bank of Books, 748 E. Main Street, Ventura

Saturday, March 25, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

H0sted by Bartimaeus Coopertive Ministries

When Julie Salverson discovers a link between Canada’s north and the atomic bombs that fell on Japan, she starts a ten-year journey that connects uranium, radiation, trauma and resilience in unexpected ways. From a small village outside Toronto to Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories and on to Hiroshima, she traces the radioactive trail through our society.  She follows a Dene delegation to Hiroshima and records its attempts to apologize to the Japanese for the role of the community in uranium extraction.

Previously well-designated moral boundaries start to splinter as both Salverson and the delegation are forced to confront the different functional roles of guilt and responsibility.

Julie Salverson is a playwright, librettist, scholar and non-fiction writer who teaches drama at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada.  Before coming to Queen’s, Julie spent several decades working in Canadian theatre and founding two theatre companies.  Her experience in community engaged projects with survivors of violence led her to do graduate work and she completed her PhD in 2000 under the supervision of Roger Simon, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. She is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and her plays have been produced in Canada, the US and Thailand.   Her current writing, research and performance interests include: the role of the creative arts and resiliency in military trauma; witnessing violence beyond an aesthetic of injury and spectacle; the importance of the imagination in learning and development; atomic culture.

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