IDAAS Signature Events, April 2019: Turning and Returning Carceral Landscapes: Buried Histories, Incarceration Allies, Manzanar Pilgrimages

You are invited to our 2018-2019 IDAAS Signature Events happening this April 2019.

Title:  Turning and Returning Carceral Landscapes: Buried Histories, Incarceration Allies, Manzanar Pilgrimages


April 27, 2019 marks the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage which will observe two anniversaries: the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt that unlawfully incarcerated thousands of Japanese American citizens during WW II and the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site in 1991 that reclaimed the truth of this shameful episode in American history.  We mount a series of five events to interrogate this unjust incarceration, to reflect on its ongoing effects, but, most importantly, to learn from the past and arm ourselves with strategies to combat on-going efforts to incarcerate all peoples now and in the future.


  • “Reclaiming Manzanar: Illegal Detention, Incarceration, and Contested Returns” Exhibition
    April 1-May 30, 2019, North Lobby, The Claremont Colleges Library
  • “Community Storytelling Workshop”
    April 4, 2019, 4:15 pm, Founders Room, The Claremont Colleges Library
  • “Fostering Incarceration Allies Workshop”
    April 12, 2019, 4:00-6:30 pm., Smith Campus Center 208, Pomona College
  • Monica Embrey, PO ’09, “‘No Dust Storms Can Sweep Them Away’: Sue Kunitomi Embrey, the Manzanar Concentration Camp, and the Demand for Social Justice”
    April 18, 2019, 4:15-5:30 pm, Founders Room, The Claremont Colleges Library. Accompanied by an exhibit showcasing Manzanar Committee Co-founder Sue Kunitomi Embrey’s papers, Asian Studies Collection, The Claremont Colleges Library, April 1-May 30, 2019
  • “Join Us for the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage”
    Saturday, April 27, 2019. Space is limited. Sign up is required. For more information, email

Sponsors: The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS); The Claremont Colleges Library; the Dean of Faculty, Joseph Horsfall Johnson Public Event Fund, the Asian Studies Program, the Pacific Basin Institute (PBI), the Draper Center, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and the Departments of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College; the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) at Pitzer College; and EnviroLab Asia.

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