Chatham News

Visiting Scholar to Give Lecture (2.19.18) on Okinawa Trilogy Photographic Series

Osamu James Nakagawa, a photographer and professor, will be visiting Chatham for two days in February to share insight with students and the community. He will be giving a lecture at 6:00 p.m. on February 19th in Beckwith Lecture Hall in the Buhl Hall of Science and Science Laboratory Building at Chatham University.  The lecture is open to the Chatham community and to the general public.

Nakagawa’s lecture is entitled, “Fences, Maps, and Darkness: Visualizing Okinawa” and will explore his most renowned series of works, the Okinawa trilogy, which concerns the atrocities committed during World War II in Japan.

His appearance is made possible through Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholars Program. Each year, the program selects 15 scholars who visit 110 different schools to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making it possible for Visiting Scholars and the residential students and staff to exchange ideas.

A Ruth N. Halls Distinguished Professor of Photography at Indiana, Nakagawa is both an educator and a well-known photographer. He was named the 2015 Sagamihara Photographer of the Year and the 2010 Higashikawa New Photographer of the Year.

His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Houston Center for Photography, American Photography Institute, and Tisch School of the Arts.

To learn more about Nakagawa or his work, visit his website at

For more information about the lecture, please contact Professor Elizabeth Roark at