"Mass U.S. Imprisonment: Then & Now"

Weds., July 12
Noon to 1 p.m.
Lubar Faculty Commons

Sam Mihara, former prisoner of U.S. Japanese Internment Camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, will present "Mass U.S. Imprisonment: Then and Now." 

Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American (Nisei) born and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government using armed military guards forced him, at age 9, and his family to move to the Heart Mountain camp. It was one of ten such camps in the country that together housed over 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them U.S.-born American citizens. Mihara and his family lived in one room, 20 by 20 feet square in a barrack for the war's duration.

After the war ended, the family returned home to San Francisco. Mihara attended U.C. Berkeley undergraduate and UCLA graduate schools, where he earned engineering degrees. He became a rocket scientist and joined the Boeing Company where he became an executive on space programs. Following retirement, Mihara changed careers and is now a national speaker on the topic of mass imprisonment in the U.S. 
 
This event is hosted by the following organizations:

  • Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • First Unitarian Society - Madison
  • Forward Community Investments
  • Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central WI
  • Latino Health Council
  • Madison-Area Urban Ministry
  • Race to Equity
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Voces de la Frontera
  • Wisconsin Council on Children & Families
  • Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
  • Wisconsin Hmong Association
  • Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Madison
  • Workers' Rights Center of Madison
  • YWCA Madison

No registration is required. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact  Greg Grohman, project assistant, Frank J. Remington Center, University of Wisconsin Law School at 608-262-1002 or gregory.grohman@wisc.edu.
   

Submitted by Law School News on July 12, 2017

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