Beyond Barbed Wire: Celebrating the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball

January 22, 2017 1:30 pm  
Baseball was immensely important to the Japanese Americans in concentration camps. Bill Staples, author of Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer, will share how baseball helped raise the spirits of those in the camps and also helped with outside prejudice as the camps invited outside teams to play in matches. This event is free in the auditorium. Museum admission rates apply for entrance to the exhibition.

Bill Staples - author of Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer
Kerry Yo Nakagawa - author and baseball historian, expert in Japanese American baseball
Tets Furukawa - former player/pitcher with the 1945 Gila River Eagles
​Kenso Zenimura -  followed in his father's footsteps as a talented player, coach, and mentor, as well as an ambassador for international baseball

Executive Order 9066 Day of Remembrance

February 18, 2017 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Join us to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. War hysteria and racial prejudice allowed the government to institute a mass detention program based on "military justification." Speakers include academic experts in history and politics from UA and ASU who have researched or have intimate knowledge of the camps.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Academic Panel discussion on Japanese American Internment during WWII featuring:
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, former Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Prof. Kathryn Nakagawa, ASU Associate Professor in Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Prof. Min Yanagihashi, UA East Asian Studies Department (retired)

12:30 p.m. Heather Nagami will read her poem Acts of Translation.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Discussion on Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing over Adversity. Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections, Then and Now featuring:
Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Photographer with Dr. Susie Matsunaga and Dr. Terry Matsunaga, UA Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology Research, relating perspectives on incarceration from personal and family experience.

Event is included with museum admission.

The Dazzled Eye: Navajo Textiles from the Getzwiller Collection

Opening Reception

January 13, 5-7 pm

Featuring Navajo eyedazzlers and optical textiles from world renowned collectors Steve and Gail Getzwiller, The Dazzled Eye contrasts these works of woven art with American Op Art and explores the popularity and history of Navajo eyedazzlers and optical textiles.

THE DAZZLED EYE: Walk and Talk with the Collector

​​February 25, 2017 1pm

Hear about the dynamic history of these woven works of art from Collector Steve Getzwiller as he walks guests through his exhibition. Free event in museum.

Past Special Events: 2017