Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture books for peace

Although the powers that be at Western Washington University are thrilled that the printed posters comprising the “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity” exhibit will be on display at three of the school’s library galleries from Jan. 23 through March 22, they admit to being dismayed by the traveling exhibit’s continued relevance.

A look at the exhibit’s themes provides clues as to why there might be mixed feelings related to the indelible images Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, Western’s Department of English, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity worked together to bring to Bellingham.