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Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium

  • Boise State University 1910 West University Drive Boise, ID, 83725 United States (map)

The Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium, named for the camp not far from Jerome where thousands of Japanese Americans were held following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, takes on the theme of mass incarceration in America.

The two-day symposium takes place Oct. 15-16 at Boise State University.

Karen Korematsu will speak on her father’s incarceration and Black Lives Matter. Her father was in the landmark case during WWII, Korematsu v. United States which upheld restrictions on civil liberties on American citizens.

Other speakers include Tom Ikeda, executive director of the Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project on the topic of Minidoka and Michael Santos, former federal inmate and now prison consultant, author of Inside: Life Behind Bars in America. Other presentations include student research on Minidoka, mandatory drug sentencing and more.

The Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium is presented in partnership by the Friends of Minidoka, Boise State University, National Park Service, ACLU of Idaho, and the Osher Institute.

Registration Information
The public is invited to attend the symposium for a $70 registration fee.
For more information regarding both student and public registration, contact Kristof Bihari at 208-426-2616 or

For additional information, contact Carol Ash: or Mia Russell:

Read about the Symposium here.
Click here for the complete symposium schedule.