Saturday, September 6th

Time Event Title
5:00 pm

Faculty Artist Series: Faculty Welcome Concert

Fulkerson Recital Hall
HSU Music department faculty members present collaborative performances in jazz, percussion, classical and original compositions to celebrate the new school year. This late afternoon event is followed by an open reception in the Music Lobby. Tickets from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door.
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Celebration of Father Eric Freed's Work, "The Experience of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in Poem"

Eureka Books
On the eve of what would have been Father Eric Freed’s 57th birthday, Eureka Books will honor the late priest’s life, work, and continuing legacy during Arts Alive!, from 6 to 9 p.m. on September 6.

After Father Eric Freed’s tragic death on New Year’s Day, many members of the community asked about his book, The Experience of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in Poem, published in Japan in 2009. With the help of an employee of the Oakland Catholic Worker, Jen Card, the manager of Eureka Books, tracked down the last 90 copies in a church in Hiroshima and had them shipped to the store.

The book shares Hiroko Takanashi’s recollections of the aftermath of the bombing and the haiku she wrote about it. She was 15 at the time of the attack. Father Freed translated her poems and explains the complex meanings of each word. For example, many Japanese are uncomfortable calling the people who lived through Hiroshima “survivors”. Instead they use “hibakusha,” meaning someone who has experienced an atomic bomb blast.

Father Freed lived for many years in Japan and was ordained as a priest outside Tokyo. He loved studying the Japanese language and taught it on his return to the United States. For three years, Father Freed served as a beloved priest at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Eureka. For seven years, he lectured in Humboldt State University’s Religious Studies Department. Eureka Books will donate a portion of each sale of Father Freed’s book to the Religious Studies Department, toward the endowment of the Eric Freed Peace & Justice Award.

For the Arts Alive! event, Eureka Books commissioned Lynn Jones of Just My Type Letterpress in Blue Lake to print a broadside of two of Father Freed’s haiku translations. All profits from the sale of the broadside will go toward the Eric Freed Peace & Justice Award. An anonymous donor has pledged to match onetime funds raised, up to $500, from both the book and broadside sales.

A number of people will be on hand at Arts Alive to talk with the public about Father Freed, including parishioners, friends, and colleagues from both the Church and the University.

“Usually when we have an author event, the author sits at a table and talks to people,” store coowner Scott Brown said. “This time, we have a group of people who want to share his legacy. As an independent bookstore that cares about the community, we're so pleased to bring people together to honor Father Freed.”

Eureka Books is located at 426 Second Street in Old Town. For more information, visit or call (707) 444-9593.

Ongoing Events:

Time Event Title
Jul 5th-Sep 7th

A Joyful Eighty

First Street Gallery
Sep 4th-Sep 7th

Trauma. Addiction. Social Change.

HSU Campus

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