When We Imprisoned Our Own: Lessons for Today from the Japanese American Incarceration

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 5:00pm

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

5 p.m.: Panel Discussion
6:30 to 8 p.m.: Solidarity Workshop

Refreshments will be provided between the panel and the workshop.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, October 10, at 9 a.m.

5 p.m.: Panel Discussion
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

6:30 p.m.: Solidarity Workshop
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

During World War II, more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent, most of them U.S. citizens, were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated by the U.S. government. The legacy of their illegal imprisonment is still felt today. USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni will moderate a discussion with social activist Kathy Masaoka; Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a scholar of Japanese American studies; activist, writer,  artist Traci Kato-Kiriyama; and USC law professor Jean Reisz, an expert in immigration law, about lessons learned in the past 75 years and the connections between past and present rhetoric and policies relating to immigrants, refugees and stateless people, and communities of color in the United States and around the world.

Solidarity Workshop:
Following the panel discussion, Kathy Masaoka and Traci Kato-Kiriyama will lead a 90-minute workshop on social activism, covering how to take action on desires for social change; how to connect with others who share similar goals; and how to work both individually and collectively in support of meaningful social change.

Additional Links:
Varun Soni USC profile
Kathy Masaoka KCRW – Which Way LA episode
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi Official website
Traci Kato-Kiriyama Facebook, Twitter

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Libraries. Co-sponsored by the USC Office of Religious Life.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus






Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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