Opening Event

Joanne Iritani

The Friends of the Library hosted an event on the Japanese American incarceration at Poston on May 24, 2012 at Wilson Library.  This event showcased the research of English 88 and featured speakers Joanne Iritani, a camp survivor; Professor Eric Muller, UNC Law; Professor Heidi Kim, UNC English and Comparative Literature; and Jazzmine Willis and Laura Hanson, first-year students.

About a hundred people enjoyed the reception and exhibit viewing before the event.  Mrs. Iritani’s recollections of her teenage years in camp and her family’s experiences during and after the war were the highlight of the presentations; a question and answer session followed, focusing on some of the legal and historical backdrop of the incarceration.

We thank the sponsors: the Friends of the Library,the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the First-Year Seminar Program, and the Southern Historical Collection.  We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, who digitized the Sally Lucas Jean materials on Poston specifically for this class.

Photographs courtesy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. Photographer: Lauren Vied.

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The students of English 88, Joanne Iritani, and Professor Heidi Kim.

Laura Hanson (left) and Jazzmine Willis (right), first-year students

UNC Law Professor Eric Muller

English Professor Heidi Kim