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First Fridays: Focus on Military Censorship and Detention Camps

Haven Hawley and Linnea Anderson will speak about "Wartime Military Censorship and Detention Camps" at noon on Friday, March 4, in Room 120, Elmer L. Andersen Library. The presentations draw upon the historical collections of the Immigration History Research Center and the Social Welfare History Archives.

Throughout history, questions of access versus restriction have been debated in scientific theory, religion, political thought, and creative thinking. Hawley and Anderson will talk as part of the 2010-2011 First Fridays series sponsored by the University Libraries examining who has decided these questions--and why.

European refugees produced a remarkable outpouring of print in Displaced Person camps immediately after World War II, according to Haven Hawley, Program Director of the Immigration History Research Center. A bibliographer and specialist in artifact analysis, Hawley will discuss how military administration of camps and the scarcity of printing materials affected the production, distribution, and consumption of cultural print.

In February 1942 in the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, authorizing the relocation and internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Linnea Anderson, Assistant Archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives, will discuss how evidence in the Survey Associates records reveals how the political climate and the demands of military censorship affected the effort by staff of Survey magazine to present the story of a Japanese detention camp during the World War II era.

The theme for First Fridays this year is "Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo." Light snacks are provided, and attendees bringing their own lunches are welcomed.

For more information about the series, visit the University of Minnesota Libraries' website.

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