Executive Order 9066 was a United States presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This order authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans in U.S. concentration camps.
77 years later, what effects have we seen since this presidential order was signed? Join us for a panel discussion where we discuss these effects in today’s society.
Matthew Alschbach, Associate Professor of History at OCTC, will provide an introduction and context for internment and the questionable legality of 9066.
The panel will consist of Matthew Alschbach; Susan Gesser, Director of Catholic Charities; Naheed Murtaza, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Brescia; and Dr. Eric Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Courtland Lewis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at OCTC. The moderator will ask the panel several questions, and then the audience will get a chance to submit questions for Dr. Lewis to ask the panel.
The program is made possible by the following organizations working together: AAUW, the Ministerial Association, NAACP, and the OHRC.