Legacies of Incarceration Symposium:  75 Years after Executive Order 9066

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Yale University, various locations See map
Sponsored by RITM

Please join us for a three-day symposium to mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. This symposium will bring together key stakeholders from the Japanese American community, along with academics, public historians, curators, artists, activists, and museum specialists. 

Alongside public lectures and roundtable discussions, the symposium will feature workshops related to best practices for historic preservation, digitization, curation, and digital interpretive projects. Taking an expansive view of incarceration, internment, and confinement, this symposium explores longer genealogies of race and exclusion in America, highlighting their urgent relevance to our contemporary moment. 

This symposium is co-sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) and Yale Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) with support from the Satoda Family Fund and the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant Program.


This symposium is part of a larger project called “Out of the Desert.” Please visit the website for more information. http://outofthedesert.yale.edu

Symposium Information


This symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register here by September 28, 2017.


A detailed schedule of syposium proceedings will be made available as the event dates approach.


For conference attendees coming from outside New Haven, we have made arrangements for a limited room block for the nights of October 5–7 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. Please make a reservation by visiting the conference reservation page or by calling (203) 772-6664 before September 8 to secure a preferred rate.

Other local hotels that are conveniently located on or near the Yale campus are the New Haven Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale.


Please see http://world.yale.edu/visiting-yale for transportation recommendations. Flights to Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) are limited. Bradley International Airport (BDL), an hour north of New Haven via car, is the closest mid-sized airport

Symposium attendees are invited to participate in an optional tour of The Noguchi Museum in New York on October 8. Those coming from out of town who wish to participate may prefer to travel in and out of the New York-are airports: Newark (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA), or John F. Kennedy (JFK).