The University of New Mexico's Department of Educational Specialties presents "The Art of Gaman," with author Delphine Hirasuna, Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Travelstead Hall. A reception will follow.

Gaman is art created by Japanese Americans in U.S. Internment camps during World War II. Using scraps and found materials, internees made furniture, teapots, toys and games, musical instruments, pendants and pins, purses and ornamental displays—all physical manifestations of gaman, a Japanese word meaning "to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience."

Hirasuna is also the guest curator of the "Art of Gaman" exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, which opens this summer. Her lecture will focus on the inmates of the internment camp that was located on the site of an abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camp a mile from the center of Santa Fe.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Ruth Luckasson at (505) 277-6510 or