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Schedule: Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium

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Oct. 15, Saturday

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – Welcome: BSU, FoM, NPS, ACLU

9:00 – Tom Ikeda–Executive Director, Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project, Minidoka prison context

10:00 – Break, Bookstore open

10:30 -David Adler–President, Alturas Institute, author of American Constitutional Law: “When the Bill of Rights Failed Japanese Americans”

11:30 – Michael Santos–former federal inmate and now prison consultant, author of Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

12:30 – Lunch: Cheryl Oestreicher–Professor and Head of Special Collections, Boise State Library; Andrew Dunn–graduate student, Idaho State University, research project on Minidoka, and other student presentations

2:00 – Federal Panel: Judge Mark Bennett–U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa, outspoken against mandatory drug sentencing; Dick Rubin–Executive Director, Federal Defender Services of Idaho; Wendy Olson–U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho; and Michael Santos–prison consultant and former federal inmate

3:30 – Break, Bookstore open

4:00 – Recap by Moderator Paul Watanabe–Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Massachusetts at Boston

4:30 – Boise Art Museum Information Session

5:00 – Break, Dinner on own

7:00 – Reception at the Boise Art Museum

 

Oct 16, Sunday

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, School of Education, California State University, Sacramento, psychotherapist and filmmaker (Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon). “Family Prisons Then & Now: The WWII Japanese American Concentration Camps and Immigrant Family Detention Today”.

9:30 – Rajini Srikanth – Professor of English, Asian American Studies, and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts-Boston: “From the WWII Japanese American Incarceration to Guantanamo Bay”

10:30 – Break, Bookstore open

11:00 – Karen Korematsu: “Black Lives Matters and the WWII incarceration” (daughter of Fred Korematsu in “Korematsu vs the United States”)

12:00 – Lunch: Andrew Dunn–graduate student, Idaho State University, research project on Minidoka, and other student presentations

1:30 – Idaho Panel: Kevin Kempf–Director, Idaho Department of Correction; Amber Beierle–education specialist, Old Idaho Penitentiary, author of Images of America: Old Idaho Penitentiary; Gary Raney–former Sheriff, Ada County

3:00 – Break, Bookstore open

3:30 – Holly Yasui–Director, Minoru Yasui Tribute Project, Minidoka prison context

4:30 – Recap by Moderator Paul Watanabe–Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Massachusetts at Boston

4:45 – Symposium closes

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