Yakima Valley Museum

Voices From the Past and Present

Wednesday Lunchtime Lecture Series

This year's Voices series explores the experience and impact of human migration and cultural exchange in world history, as well as in America and Washington State. Thoughtful presentations and conversation help us better understand the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society.

All presentations begin at 12:00 Noon. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be available.

This series is sponsored by Humanities Washington with additional support by the Fresh Hop Ale Group, presenter of the annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

David Fenner presents "The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration"
March 8, 2017

For more than 200,000 years, humans and their ancestors have been moving around the planet, sometimes drawn and sometimes driven by a host of natural and man-made forces—drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival, or the hope of a better future. In this talk, David Fenner traces the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa to the present day, and explores the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help us understand more fully events in the headlines and better know the mosaic of peoples who have settled in the Pacific Northwest.

Mayumi Tsutakawa presents "The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington"
April 5, 2017

In the lead-up to World War II, there was a vital and growing Japanese population in Washington—Seattle's Japantown offered a variety of businesses and native-language services and, in Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered. Then came the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and, two months later, Executive Order 9066. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes and sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. When they returned three years later, most had lost everything and could not find jobs. How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives?

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Mayumi Tsutakawa will reveal her family's 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story

Turan Kayaoglu presents "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics"
May 3, 2017

The American Muslim experience is an American experience—a story covering four centuries, from colonial times and Muslim life under slavery, through the emergence of the Nation of Islam in the 1920s, and to today's complex interplay of American politics and international events. Turan Kayaoglu explores how American Muslim identities have shaped and been shaped by our culture, history, and politics, including American Muslim contributions to the blues and standup comedy. Touching on issues such as the interaction of racial, cultural, and religious identities; the politics of immigration and citizenship; and interfaith and religious dialogue; this talk uncovers how American Muslims have been integral to the American experience.

Voices 2016


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