Big Read Events

Seattle Pacific sponsored events

SPU Day of Common Learning
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Cremona 201, SPU campus

Presenters include Lorraine Bannai, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and professor at Seattle University School of Law, and Tom Ikeda, founding executive director of Denshō, will share local memories of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

ACSI 2019 Professional Development Forum
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time (TBD)
Christian Faith School
33645 20th Ave. S., Federal Way, Wash.

A Big Read Discussion using a critical literacy lens.

COM 4607: Communication Seminar “Rhetoric of Dissent”
Autumn Quarter 2019
SPU campus

Professor of Communication Bill Purcell and his students will spend at least one class session studying the case of Gordon Hirabayashi, a UW student who refused internment laws in 1942. (Open only to students in COM 4607.)

SPU Field Supervisor Meeting
Thursday, September 19
SPU School of Health Sciences Building Room 213

Emily Huff, director of field placements, will share information with university supervisors of SPU students about Big Read events. Supervisors will pass along information of events to mentor teachers and SPU students. (Open only to SPU field supervisors.)

EDRD 3517: Young Adult Literature
Winter Quarter 2020
SPU Campus

In a course taught by Kristine Gritter, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, students will read Internment by Samira Ahmed, a dystopic novel that focuses on internment of Muslim Americans. (Open only to students in EDRD 3517.)

Center for Scholarship Book Club
Winter Quarter 2020
SPU campus location and time TBD

Forced Migration and Confinement
Thursday, February 6, 2020
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
SPU Student Union Building, Gazebo Room

Sponsored by the SPU History Department, Bill Woodward, professor emeritus of history, discusses Japanese internment during World War II in the Pacific Northwest and forced migration.

Modern-Day Forced Migration
Thursday, February 13, 2020
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
SPU Student Union Building, Gazebo Room

Sponsored by the SPU History Department, Alissa Walter, assistant professor of history, examines modern-day political torture and forced migration in Middle East.

When the Emperor Was Divine as Historical Fiction
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Library Seminar Room

MFA graduate, Dyana Herron, discusses When the Emperor Was Divine as an example of historical fiction.

Kent: Teachers-Community Members Big Read Discussion
Saturday, February 22, 2020
2 p.m.
Kent Library
212 2nd Ave. N., Kent, Wash.

David Denton, associate professor of education at SPU, will lead a discussion with teachers and community members about local history presented in When The Emperor Was Divine.

Des Moines: Teachers-Community Members Big Read Discussion
Monday, February 24, 2020
7 p.m.
Des Moines Library
21620 11th Ave. S., Des Moines, Wash.

Kristine Gritter, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, will lead a discussion about When the Emperor Was Divine, trying on a lens of critical literacy to critique power dimensions at work with race and social class.

Burien: Teachers-Community Members Big Read Discussion
Thursday, February 27, 2020
7 p.m.
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd St., Burien, Wash.

Pete Renn, assistant dean of certification programs and director of SPU's Center for Professional Education, leads a discussion about forms of resistance during the internment, Japanese internment survivors, and resistance within internment camps.

Author Reading with Julie Otsuka at SPU
Monday, March 9, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.
SPU Upper Gwinn

Julie Otsuka, author of NYT bestseller When the Emperor Was Divine discusses and reads from her book and will be asked questions by Tom Ikeda, founding executive director of Denshō.

Highline College sponsored events

Panel Discussion
Monday, January 27
1:30–3 p.m.
Highline College Building 2
2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

A panel discussion about Japanese American internment, the Pacific Northwest connection, and connection to tensions targeted at today's illegal immigrants, including Rachel Endo, author of The incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s : literature for the high school classroom, and dean of the college of education at the UW-Tacoma campus; Sarah Mattox, mezzo-soprano and composer of Hart Mountain Opera; Bill Woodward, SPU professor emeritus of history; and former Highline faculty member Mira Shimabukuro, who’s now associate dean for diversity and equity in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell and the author of Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans writing to redress mass incarceration.

Lunchtime Book Discussion 
Monday, February 24, 2020
12:30–2 p.m.
Highline College, Mt. Constance room
2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

Bring your lunch and join leaders, educators, and community members to discuss When the Emperor was Divine in small groups and as a whole.

Author Reading with Julie Otsuka at Highline
Monday, March 9, 2020
1:30–3 p.m.
Highline College, Building 7
2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

Julie Otsuka, author of NYT bestseller When the Emperor Was Divine discusses and reads from her book.