Sheila Vaswani, veteran world traveler and popular local lecturer, will address the Waynepeace organization on Hiroshima’s rise from ruin: 1945--2012. The event is set for 5 p.m., August 7, in the Wayne County Public Library, Honesdale. The public is invited.
Ms. Vaswani’s lecture coincides with the sixty-seventh anniversary of the August 1945 atomic bombing. She will discuss conditions in Hiroshima before, during and after the bombing up to the present-day modern city.
The social and political treatment of the A-bomb survivors will be examined, as well as the sensitive ethical questions and the reasons behind the atomic attack, an action that has tangled America in a web of controversy unmatched by any other in the twentieth century.
Visual aids will complement her talk. Of special interest will be a photographic account of her visit to the famous Hiroshima Peace Museum.
A resident of Honesdale for two years, Ms. Vaswani is a native of Long Island, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in Eurasian History from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in China Studies from St. John’s University.
After teaching social studies in Babylon Junior-Senior High School for twenty-five years, she retired in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards on the local, regional, national and international levels.
Having visited sixty-six countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania, her passion for travel remains undiminished. In the spring of this year, she spent two weeks exploring Peru, its cities and remote areas. Her next destination is Portugal in October.
Recently, she gave a series of four lectures at the library in Honesdale. Her subject was China, its history, geography, culture and politics. Large and appreciative audiences attended all four lectures.
Since her arrival in Honesdale, Ms. Vaswani has been an active member of Honesdale Women’s Club; Wayne Memorial Hospsital Auxiliary; Questers; Wayne County Arts Alliance, executive board; Friends of the Wayne County Public Library, executive council; Wayne County Historical Society.
An aficionado of foreign films, Ms. Vaswani favors Chinese and Indian art, and books of political significance.
Use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not represent an endorsement by WCPL or Waynepeace’s positions or policies.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (570)251-3637, or visit waynepeace.org.