Spring 2017 Events SLICE is Partnering or Sponsoring
Date / Time / LocationEvent Description
Monday, April 3, 2017
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Loker Student Union

CSUDH Community Engagement Symposium

IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN”:  The 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and America’s Concentration Camps,”  is the subject of talks by Keynote Speakers Donald Teruo Hata & Hatsuko Mary Higuchi at the2017 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM of the Center for Service Learning, Internships, and Community Engagement at California State University, Dominguez Hills, on Monday, April 3, 2017.  The program begins at 11:00in theLoker Student Union Ballroom

Introduction: On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass removal and incarceration of “all persons of Japanese ancestry” on the West Coast. Our keynote speakers recall the impact of EO 9066 on their personal lives and careers, and how recent political developments bare an alarming and ominous resemblance to what happened to Nikkei (Japanese Americans) 75 years ago.
Donald Teruo Hata is an award-winning teacher and scholar whose eclectic life experiences include several roles not usually associated with a professor of history. Dr. Hata will infuse private personal memories that reflect the key elements of the mass removal and incarceration, and the long and arduous road to Redress. He was born in East Los Angeles in 1939, and incarcerated with his parents at Gila, Arizona. 1942-43. His family was released for migrant farm labor and was transferred to the U.S. Army Ordinance Depot at Tooele, UT.
Hata worked full-time while earning a B.A. (History), and was supported by private and public scholarships and fellowships for his M.A. (Asian Studies) and Ph.D. (History) at USC. During a year of doctoral research in Japan (1965-66), Hata was the resident tutor (katei-kyoshi) to iconic cinema actor Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai) and his family—teaching American English and American History and Culture. He returned to the U.S. after a circuitous journey from Yokohama to Siberia aboard a freighter, and the Trans-Siberian Railway and Orient Express to Paris and London.
After beginning his teaching career at Occidental College, he taught for over 30 years (1970-2003) classes on U.S. History, Asian History, and Asian American History at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he was recipient of the CSUDH Lyle Gibson Distinguished Teaching Award, the CSUDH Outstanding Professor Award, and the CSU System-wide Outstanding Professor Award. He served as Director of Development and Executive Assistant to the President at CSU Sacramento, 1980-83.

At the same time, he compiled a strong record of civic engagement, serving as Planning Commissioner and City Councilman in Gardena (1970-76); in the latter role he introduced several bills to regulate the city’s poker casinos, and championed Affirmative Action programs to encourage the hiring and promotion of qualified women and peoples of color. He also served on the governing boards of mainstream professional organizations such as the Historical Society of Southern California and the California Historical Society; and as an elected officer of the American Historical Association. He and his late wife, Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata (Professor of History and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at El Camino College), co-authored Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment, and Redress, a popular and affordable brief monograph first published in 1974 and continuously revised through the current 4th Edition.

Hatsuko Mary Higuchi is an accomplished water-media artist whose EO 9066 Series of paintings have garnered numerous Best of Show and First-Prize awards. Her talk includes personal memories of the mass removal and incarceration of her family during World War II. She was born in Los Angeles in 1939 and raised in Torrance, CA. Mary’s family was imprisoned at Poston, Arizona, 1942-45. After their release and return, her parents worked and saved enough money to put a down payment on a small farm in Torrance, but her father suddenly died at the age of 45. Her mother boldly decided to work the farm herself, and at the same time raised four small children. Mary recalls driving a truck to help on the farm when she was in elementary school.

Mary earned a teaching credential from UCLA and a MA from Pepperdine University, and taught elem
She was the recipient of the City of Torrance 2007 Excellence in Art Award. Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation hosted her one-woman show from February to May, 2015. She is interviewed in the recently completed documentary, For the Sake of the Children. During the 50th Anniversary of CSUDH, she was commissioned by the University President to commemorate the occasion; her E Pluribus Unum painting reflected the diversity of the campus population. See Mary’s portfolio of award-winning paintings at:
entary school from 1962 and retired in 2003 as a master teacher in the Torrance Unified School District. She took classes in weaving, craft design, silver- and black-smithing, and interior design. In 1998, Mary was among the founding group of plein air artists who joined Henry Fukuhara’s annual Manzanar Paint Outs. Paintings from her EO 9066 Series have appeared on the covers of official programs for pilgrimages to former concentration camp sites such as Manzanar, Heart Mountain, and Tule Lake. They have been featured in the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute’s Day of Remembrance programs, as well as publications of the National Park Service.

Requirements for poster presentation: Complete all required information in this application. Submit application before March 20, 2017to SLICE office at SCC 300 or by emailing it to or Presentations may include: Community-based research, creative activities, internships, community engagement projects -Lunch will be provided!

Community Engagement Flyer

Saturday - Sunday,
April 15- 16, 2017
Saturday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm
CSUDH Sculpture Garden

Native American Pow Wow, “Honoring the Indigenous People of the Americans”
Pow Wow 2017 Flyer

Download Pow Wow Guide and Program  (upcoming)

Featuring: Terry Goedel, Champion Hoop Dancer; Mac Lopez, Native American Flute; Earl Steen, Gourd Dancer

Frybread, Native American Market Place, Public Welcome.

Parking: Lot 6, $6 Saturday, Free Sunday.


April 20,

Time: 10 am - 3 pm
CSUDH East Loker Walkway

Earth Day

The Farmers' Market - Fresh fruits and vegetables

Honda CNG, Environmental Sustainability Projects features showing how we can help to save the planet and mitigate climate change.