Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State University is a traveling exhibit that highlights Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II. This exhibit focuses on the students forced to leave Cal Poly and report to “Relocation Centers” under federal Executive Order 9066.
The exhibit is in collaboration with Cal Poly’s honorary degree program, which paid tribute to the academic intentions of these students by awarding them Special Honorary Bachelor of Humane Letters degrees at a ceremony in 2010.
The presentation of the exhibit is in collaboration with a campus-wide film screening of a 2017 documentary about Japanese American internment, “And Then They Came For Us,” and Q & A with Dr. Satsuki Ina. The film and Q & A are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the English Department, and Dr. Roberta Wolfson, Assistant Professor of English.
Exhibit run: February 18 to March 18, 2019
Location: 1st floor Community Gallery, Kennedy Library
Film and Talk: February 20, 2019 • 4-6PM • Bldg 7 Rm. 2 (ATL)