Japanese-American imprisoned in WWII internment camp to speak at SUNY Cortland

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During World War II, 9-year-old Sam Mihara and his family were forced to leave their home in San Francisco and were imprisoned in an internment camp in Wyoming for the duration of the war.

Mihara will discuss his life before and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the government’s treatment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans during this tumultuous time, on Thursday, April 20, during three presentations on the SUNY Cortland campus and in the community.

Presented by the College’s History Department, his talks, titled “Memories of Heart Mountain,” all are free and open to the public.


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The first talk, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium, is aimed at middle and high school students but campus and community members are welcome.

Sam Mihara (photo provided)

Sam Mihara (photo provided)

The second, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, targets members of the campus and community.

The third, from 7 to 8 p.m. at McGraw Junior-Senior High School, is open to anyone. A shuttle from campus may be available. For shuttle information, contact Gigi Peterson, associate professor of history, at [email protected].

For information about lectures, contact Alexis Abramo, grants project manager for SUNY Cortland’s School of Education, at [email protected].

This event is co-sponsored by McGraw Central School District and the Teacher Professional Development Network as well as the College’s School of Education, History Department, Political Science Department, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Philosophy Department and President’s Office.


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