Hiroshima Bombing survivor to speak at Saint
Hideko Tamura Snider describes her experiences as an 11-year old child
April 9, 2009
Lacey, Washington—Saint Martin’s Office of
Intercultural Initiatives and Department of Political Science will host
Hideko Tamura Snider, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb explosion
and author of One Sunny Day: A Child’s Memories of Hiroshima. The event
will be held in the Norman Worthington Conference Center on Tuesday,
April 14 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Snider was 11 years old when the atomic bomb was
dropped, destroying the world as she knew it. She describes the
explosion as causing “the sun and the earth to melt together.” She will
share her remarkable story of overcoming the trauma from this
Snider eventually came to the United States and
earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wooster University and
her master’s degrees in theology and social work from the University of
Chicago. She pursued a career as a social worker as well as a private
practice psychotherapist. She has lectured at several major universities
including Dartmouth, the Universities of Oregon and Oregon State, Loyal
University in Chicago and Wake Forest.
“Saint Martin’s is fortunate to have Snider on
campus so that today’s students don’t forget the experience of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki,” commented John Hopkins, the University’s director of
In addition to Snider’s lecture, Saint Martin’s will
display posters from the Hiroshima Peace Museum in its O’Grady Library
on Wednesday, April 15. The exhibition is open to the community.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 student from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
John P. Hopkins
Director of Intercultural Initiatives