10/27/2004

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Contact: Randi Dawn Hacker, Center for East Asian Studies, (785) 864-3832

Monstrous: Lawrence mayor, Baby Jay to inflate Godzilla at Liberty Hall Oct. 28

WHO: Godzilla, all 28 feet of the monster; Lawrence Mayor Mike Rundle and Baby Jay.

WHEN: 12:30-1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28

WHERE: Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

WHAT: Inflation of Godzilla balloon. Mayor Rundle and Baby Jay will ceremonially flip a switch to begin the inflation. Godzilla will reign on the Liberty Hall rooftop through Saturday for KU's Godzilla conference and film festival.

Conference organizers William Tsutsui (pronounced Soot-Sue-e) KU associate professor of history, and Michiko Ito (pronounced E-toe), KU librarian for Japanese studies, will also be available to answer reporters' questions about Godzilla.

Photographers may find a good vantage point on the southwest corner of the intersection of Seventh and Massachusetts streets, in front of the Eldridge Hotel. The mayor and Baby Jay will be in front of Liberty Hall, probably on the northeast corner of the intersection. Inflation time: about 30 minutes. No media will be allowed on the rooftop.

PARKING: Approximately 10 parking spaces will be reserved in front of Liberty Hall for media. Credentials will be required to use the parking.

CONFERENCE EVENTS
Oct. 28
7:30 p.m. screening of new print of the original, uncut "Gojira" at Liberty Hall. Discussion afterward with Gregory Cushman, KU assistant professor of history.
Oct. 29
8:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Conference, "In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage," Lawrence Arts Center Auditorium, 940 New Hampshire St. Free to participants registered by Oct. 25.
7:30 p.m.: Film, "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster," Liberty Hall. Discussion afterwards with Bob Beatty, Washburn University. Oct. 30
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Conference, "In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage," Lawrence Arts Center Auditorium, 940 New Hampshire St. Free to participants registered by Oct. 25.
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Children's art appreciation class, "Japan-a-mania!" Spencer Museum of Art. Fee. Preregistration required, call Karen Gerety (785) 864-0137 or kcgerety@ku.edu.
7:30 p.m.: Film, "Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack," Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St. Discussion afterward with Chuck Berg, KU professor of theatre and film, and Michael Baskett, KU assistant professor of theatre and film.

Related stories:
http://www.news.ku.edu/2004/04N/OctNews/Oct11/tsutsui.html http://www.news.ku.edu/2004/04N/SeptNews/Sept29/gojira.html

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