Friday, September 26, 2008

UW-Milwaukee Public Historian to Discuss Photos from Japanese Internment Camps

Jasmine Alinder, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present a lecture titled "Concentrating Smiles: Confronting the Photographic Archives of the Japanese American Incarceration."

Alinder's presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 10 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. The event is free and open to the public.

Alinder will speak about her research on photographic images of Japanese American internment camps during World War II. She will address problems that museum curators and historians face when incorporating these photographs in exhibitions and other public history venues. Exploring the tension between photographs depicting smiling Japanese Americans and contemporary historians' understanding of the incarceration, she will address the implications of keeping these problematic images confined to the archives and out of the public eye.

Co-coordinator of UW-Milwaukee's public history specialization, Alinder focuses her research on the history of photography. Her first book, "Moving Images: Photography and Japanese American Incarceration," will be published in February 2009 by the University of Illinois Press. Currently she is undertaking a new research project on photography and the law. Last year she organized a community conference on Milwaukee civil rights and is working on launching an educational Web site on the topic.

The lecture, which will be held in conjunction with Wisconsin Archives Month, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library, the department of history, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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