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Exhibits and Events

Current exhibits and upcoming events in Special Collections.

Current Exhibit

April 1, 2019 – May 30, 2019 North Lobby, The Claremont Colleges Library

A crowd of people stands on one side of a barbed wire fence. Four cars and a train are on the other side of the fence.
A crowd seeing friends leaving from camp

Reclaiming Manzanar:  Illegal Detention, Incarceration, and Contested Returns

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Manzanar Pilgrimage, this exhibit documents the historical events surrounding WWII Japanese American incarceration, focusing on Southern California.  The exhibit also highlights the lasting impact that incarceration had on future Asian American activism and cultural production.  The concept of returning unites the different geographic and temporal elements:  returning to incarceration camps as part of the contemporary Pilgrimage; returning to civic life after release from incarceration camps; returning to forgotten moments in history as a way to empower communities and raise political consciousness during the 1960s Asian American Movement – returning to reclaim these moments and to (re)write the carceral geography at Manzanar.

“No Dust Storms Can Sweep Them Away”:  Sue Kunitomi Embrey, The Manzanar Concentration Camp, and The Demand for Social Justice April 1, 2019 – May 30, 2019 Asian Library, The Claremont Colleges Library

Three people gather around a woman speaking with a bull-horn.
Sue Embrey speaking with bull-horn

Exhibit showcases Manzanar Committee co-founder Sue Kunitomi Embrey’s life and works.


Community Storytelling Workshop
Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Founders Room, The Claremont Colleges Library

The workshop will provide information and context for the library exhibition, “Reclaiming Manzanar,” but will also reclaim “buried histories” by allowing the audience to gain skills in community storytelling.


“No Dust Storms Can Sweep Them Away”: Sue Kunitomi Embrey, the Manzanar Concentration Camp, and the Demand for Social Justice
Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Founders Room, The Claremont Colleges Library

Monica Embrey will discuss the connection between the concentration camps, her grandmother Sue Kunimoto Embrey’s experience organizing the Annual Manzanar Pilgrimages, and what is happening today. The exhibitions and two events are part of a series of five events mounted by Pomona College to interrogate the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, to reflect on its ongoing effects, but, most importantly, to learn from the past and arm ourselves with strategies to combat ongoing efforts to incarcerate all peoples now and in the future.

Complete series information can be found on the series flyer and online:  


Open/download series flyer

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