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EXCLUSION Summer Writing Institute

​​​​​​​In partnership with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and with funding from the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (NPS/JACS) grant program, the Presidio Trust Education Team is excited to welcome select K-12 teachers and curriculum specialists to the Presidio of San Francisco this summer for a 2.5 day curriculum writing institute.

Workshop participants will produce new lesson plans for students grades 4-12 on the Japanese American incarceration, centered on the current special exhibition EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration and the award winning documentary “And Then They Came for Us” by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider.

Summer Writing Institute

Tuesday-Thursday, August 6-8, 2019
Presidio Officers’ Club

Workshop Highlights

  • Curator-led tour of EXCLUSION special exhibition
  • Expert-led tour of “Then They Came for Me” temporary exhibition
  • Visit to General John L. Dewitt’s former office, where he implemented EO 9066
  • Curriculum-development support, including guidelines for creating safe classrooms for discussions about race and stereotyping

Workshop Presenters

  • Karen Korematsu - daughter of Fred Korematsu and founder and Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute
  • Alice Yang - Provost of Stevenson College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Associate Professor of History, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Satsuki Ina - Tule Lake scholar
  • Don Tamaki - partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, member of 1983 Korematsu coram nobis legal team
  • Barbara Berglund Sokolov, PhD - Presidio Trust Historian and co-developer of the EXCLUSION special exhibition
  • Liz Melicker - Presidio Trust Curator and co-developer of the EXCLUSION special exhibition
  • Brian Fong - School Liaison and Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves

About the EXCLUSION Exhibition​

During World War II, the Presidio of San Francisco – the Army's Western Defense Command – played a pivotal role in the unjust incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, purportedly in the name of national security. This special exhibition marks 75 years since Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt issued Civilian Exclusion Orders from the Presidio, and examines the post's little understood part in these events.

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