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Boise State to host 10th annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium

Boise State will host the 10th annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium June 24-25. The event features two days of speakers covering topics including immigration, historical civil liberties violations in America and how they still affect us today.

“The symposium was inspired by a desire to tell the story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II as an extreme example of the violation of civil liberties of Americans,” explained political science professor Ross Burkhart. “In particular, the Minidoka camp, only a couple of hours away from Boise, makes this historical black eye close to Idahoans.”

Speakers will include former legislator Nicole LeFavour, lobbyist Bill Roden and Tom Ikeda, educator and founder of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, among others.

Boise State partners with the National Park Service, Friends of Minidoka, the College of Southern Idaho and the Idaho American Civil Liberties Union to produce and host the symposium. Students are welcome to attend the symposium for workshop credit or for non-credit, as are community members. Students who would like to attend the symposium for one course credit are encouraged to contact Burkhart at

The symposium will run 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-25. Registration is $70, which includes breakfast and lunch both days. For more information or to register, go to

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