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College exhibit to open eyes on Iraq war

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Portland Community College will host a touring art exhibit that focuses on the human and economic costs to Oregon of the war in Iraq.

The exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open,” features boots representing Oregon soldiers killed in Iraq. It will be on display at PCC venues across the district, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 5, 7, 13, and 15.

The exhibit consists of a memorial to those who have lost their lives in the Iraq war, but also the Iraqis that have died during this four-year conflict. It features an interactive display on the cost of the war to Oregon and the public will have an opportunity to view the exhibit, make prayer flags, participate in reading of the names of the fallen soldiers and join a candlelight vigil.

The exhibit will travel between the four main campuses of Portland Community College, spending one day at each site. The PCC tour will begin at the Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.) on Nov. 5; Southeast Center (2305 S.E. 82nd and Division) on Nov. 7; Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) on Nov. 13; and end with the Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Road) on Nov. 15. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and a closing ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. each of those days, when the exhibit is dismantled in the presence of a veteran’s color guard.

This is part of a statewide tour sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Military Families Speak Out (Oregon), and Rural Organizing Project.

The PCC stop was made possible by the Associated Students of PCC, Women’s Resource Center and the Multicultural Center.

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About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »