Internment Camp History

November 1, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield will host a Runner Reader Forum, "Dark Days of World War II: Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp" on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union's Multi-Purpose room.

The purpose of the forum is to teach the audience more about the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The forum will feature Ellen Miller and Ben Nagatani.

Miller, who earned her master's degree in history from CSUB, will speak on the history of the first Japanese in California and the experiences of Japanese-Americans living in the Southern San Joaquin Valley in the years immediately before World War II.

Nagatani, who is a Delano native, will share his experiences as one forced to relocate to two different internment camps for Japanese-Americans.

The Runner Reader Forum is a program created to support the Roadrunner First-Year Resources for Undergraduate Success and High-Achievement (RUSH-A) Program at CSUB.

The program is an "in-semester" program where students are engaged with the reader throughout the first academic term of the year.

The goals of the Runner Reader Forums are to provide a common academic experience for all first-year and transfer students, to strengthen the academic atmosphere of CSUB, to connect students to their peers and teachers, and to get students involved in campus activities through a shared learning experience.

The forum is sponsored by the history department, the first year RUSH-A program and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Emerson Case in the English department at CSUB at (661) 654- 6281 or at