Learn to Make Paper Cranes, Symbol of Peace, at Origami Workshop

Duquesne University's Gumberg Library, in conjunction with its Spring 2017 Big Read Program, is hosting a free Brown Bag Lunch Origami Workshop that is open to the public.

Attendees will learn the art of Japanese paper folding-origami-from Sue Neff of the Origami Club of Pittsburgh, who will demonstrate how to fold the traditional peace crane.

Gumberg Library is hosting the workshop in support of the novel featured in Duquesne's Big Read Program. When the Emperor Was Divine, written by Julie Otsuka, tells the story of a Japanese-American family forced from their Berkeley, Calif., home and sent to live in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

"The crane is considered a symbol of peace and hope, and is highly regarded in Japanese arts," said Christie Kliewer, outreach and communications librarian at Duquesne. "During their internment, many Japanese-Americans folded peace cranes to preserve their hope for change. It has become a practice to make the origami peace cranes in memory of those who were confined at the Japanese-American internment camps."

Tuesday, Feb. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Gumberg Library, 5th Floor, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

The event is free and open to the public. Media who want to attend are asked to RSVP and arrange parking by contacting Rose Ravasio at 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234.

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