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Curating Japanese-American Incarceration History

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Lecture by Craig Hadley, Director and Curator of Exhibitions and University Collection, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University. 

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Oder 9066 resulted in the mass incarceration of 12,000 Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast. This lecture introduces the Japanese-American internment experience through the critical lens of the museum exhibition. How has our nation’s most trusted source for information – the museum – shaped the way we encounter, process, and ultimately acknowledge the past and the living present? How did mass media respond to these public revisions and re-representations of history and justice? Historical and contemporary artists, along with a number of regional and national exhibitions, will further frame the conversation and provide avenues for connection to the current political discourse in the U.S.

Curating Japanese-American Incarceration History