Forum on the Hill

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Thursday May 12 at 12:30pm

Beth Shalom Hessel

The Right to Be American: Japanese Americans and World War II

During WWII, more than 100,000 American citizens and long-term residents of Japanese descent were placed by the federal government in remote prison camps because they “looked like the enemy.” Japanese Americans and their allies found different ways to challenge the invalidation of their place in this country. We will explore the experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII.

Beth Shalom Hessel began her tenure as the executive director of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia in July2019 after serving as the executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 2015.A California native, Beth holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Texas Christian University, an M.A. from Binghamton University, an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of California, Davis. As an ordained Presbyterian clergy and an academic, Beth spent more than 20 years pastoring churches and teaching at colleges across the United States before engaging her transformative leadership skills in the non-profit world.


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