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April 13, 2009

Former Oregon Law Assistant Dean to Participate in Joel Yamauchi Lecture Series April 15

Former Oregon Law Assistant Dean Peggy Nagae, who also served as lead attorney in the 1943 United States Supreme Court case of Minoru Yasui v. United States, will present the second of four public lectures with the theme, “The Pacific Northwest’s Japanese American Internment Remembered.”

Nagae’s lecture is titled, “The Legal Implications of Japanese American Internment: Then and Now,” and will take place at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Lawrence Hall 177.

The lecture series will examine the social and cultural implications of the Japanese American internment as it affected the Pacific Northwest. The series is named for the late Joel Yamauchi, who graduated for the University of Oregon Department of Architecture in 1973. Along with thousands of other Japanese Americans from Oregon in 1942, Yamauchi’s family was sent to Minidoka internment camp in Idaho as “enemy aliens.” Yamauchi’s father, George, was one of the many young Japanese Americans who enlisted in the U.S. military while being held in internment. He fought in Europe in the all-Japanese 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated unit in U.S. military history to this day.

The complete lecture series is listed below. All lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at 541-346-3656 or visit aaa.uoregon.edu/events/.

Wednesday, April 8:
“The Social Context of the Japanese American Incarcerations”
Tetsuden Kashima, professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
6:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 177

Wednesday, April 15:
“The Legal Implications of the Japanese American Internment: Then and Now”
Peggy Nagae, lead attorney in the Minoru v. Unites States court case, former assistant dean for Oregon Law, principal of Peggy Nagae Consulting
6:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 177

Wednesday, May 6:
“Experience of Japanese American Internees from Oregon”
Panel discussion featuring former Minidoka Internees Henry Sakamoto, Alice Sumida, George Azumano, and Kennie Namba
6:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 177

Wednesday, June 3:
“Remembering the Japanese American Internments: the Future of Minidoka National Historic Site”
Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the National Park Service, Minidoka National Historic Site
7:00 p.m., Lawrence Hall 177

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