Teach-in, exhibits honor Japanese Americans forced from school

(May 15, 2011) A daylong seminar will help tell the story of the Japanese American incarceration and the Seattle University students whose educations were unjustly disrupted by it. The teach-in "Honoring Courage," is Tuesday, May 17. It is presented in recognition of Seattle University's awarding of honorary degrees to students who could not complete their degrees because of their forced removal.

Exhibits at the Law Library and Lemieux Library give detailed biographies of the former students who will be recognized at the June 12 undergraduate commencement. The School of Law's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and other faculty have been involved in the planning for the recognition and events leading up to them.

The schedule:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Pigott Auditorium

9:40   Welcome Remarks, Dale Watanabe, Advisor, International  Student Center

 9:45    Setting the Context , SU Professor Thomas Murphy, S.J., History
Block One - The History of the Japanese American Incarceration

10:00       The History of the Incarceration, Professor Lorraine Bannai, Associate Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, School of Law

10:20         The Japanese American Internment cases,  SU Professor Angelique Davis, Political Science 

10:40          The Coram Nobis Cases, Sharon Sakamoto, Esq., Sakamoto & Hamamoto, Seattle

11:00          The Power of Words, SU Professor Christina Roberts, English

11:15           Audience Response/Discussion, Professor Bannai

11:45            Break

Block Two - Recognition of Our Honorary Degree Recipients

12:15            Remarks by Father Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
12:25            Introduction of Honorary Degree recipients, Korematsu Center Undergraduate Student Fellows

1:00             Reflections on the Exclusion and Incarceration, Gerald Oyabe, brother of honorary degree recipient Joanne Oyabe Watanabe; Yosh Nakagawa, community partner; Lillia Uri (Satow) Matsuda, recipient

1:35                BREAK

Block Three - Of Civil Wrongs and Rights

1:50              Introduction to film and remarks, Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu. who challenged the WWII exclusion orders to the U.S. Supreme Court and who, 1983, successfully vacated his wartime conviction

2:00              Screening of the documentary "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights - The Fred Korematsu Story"              

3:00              Reflections: Karen Korematsu and audience discussion 

Wyckoff Auditorium

Block Four  - 12/7 and  9/11: The Present-Day Relevance of the Japanese American Incarceration in WWII

6:00              Screening of the documentary "Pilgrimage," by Tadashi Nakamura

7:00              Student panel & discussion

 Sponsored by:  Break the Silence, MEChA, Integrity Board, Triangle Club, Society of Feminists, Pre-Law Club, Political Science Club, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Center, Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.

Read more about the university's honorary degree recipients.