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CSUB Presents “Executive Order 9066: The History, Legacy, and Lessons of Japanese Internment”

The Public History Institute at California State University, Bakersfield, in collaboration with Walter Stiern Library, and the Kegley Institute of Ethics, will present “Executive Order 9066: The History, Legacy, and Lessons of Japanese Internment,” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, in the Dezember Room of the CSUB Walter Stiern Library.

“Although the executive order of the U.S. government was issued over 75 years ago, this country is still dealing with issues related to a diverse population and the marginalizing and exclusion of certain populations,” said Miriam Raub Vivian, Director the CSUB Public History Institute. “Making a discussion of the unfortunate treatment of those of Japanese heritage during WWII urgently important for us today.”

The event begins with a screening of the short film, “Stand up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story,” based on a true story of a Mexican-Irish American high school student in Los Angeles who voluntarily interned with his Japanese friends. Following the screening, guests will have the opportunity to interview Mary Higashi, a college student forced into internment at the Colorado River Relocation Center.   

A panel discussion on Japanese internment will conclude the event.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Douglas Dodd, Historian of Modern U.S. History, CSUB.
  • Dr. Isao Fujimoto, Former internee at Heart Mountain, WY, and Tule Lake, CA, and emeritus from UC Davis.
  • Dr. Jeanine E. Kraybill, Political Scientist of Modern American politics, CSUB.
  • Dr. Michael D. Burroughs, director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics.

There will be free admission and free parking in Lots B, C, and D.

For additional information, please call (661) 654-3079.

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