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Matsui is Keynote at Forum Addressing Islamophobia, WWII Internment Parallels

Congresswoman Doris Matsui is the keynote speaker at a forum Friday at Sacramento State that will address parallels between the treatment of Muslims in the U.S. today and Japanese Americans during WWII. (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)

Congresswoman Doris Matsui will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum at Sacramento State on Friday that will examine similarities between today’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and a dark period in U.S. history 70-plus years ago.

Matsui is expected to speak on the need for political leadership as well as participate in a Q&A. Panelists consist of community and campus leaders including Marielle Tsukamoto, a retired teacher and principal from Elk Grove known for her work in educating the public about the Japanese American experience and their forced incarceration during WWII; Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento; and Ahlam Abdul Rahman, a Sacramento State graduate student in the English Department.

“Hysteria, Racism, Politics: Parallels Between the WWII Japanese American Internment and Attitudes Toward the Muslim Community” will be held at the Harper Alumni Center with a reception from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by opening remarks and the keynote address from 5 to 5:45 p.m. After a brief break, a panel discussion will run from 6 to 7 p.m.

The forum is part of a series of events at Sacramento State focused on diversity. For more information on the forum, visit csus.edu.

Photo: Congresswoman Doris Matsui (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)

 

Matsui is Keynote at Forum Addressing Islamophobia, WWII Internment Parallels via @sacramentopress

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Ahmed V. Ortiz

Ahmed V. Ortiz

I'm an editor and web content manager in Sacramento State's Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy, where I've worked since March 2011. My past professional life was spent working in newspaper newsrooms for 13 years. I also have worked for Yahoo Sports. I'm a Sac High grad who is amazed and encouraged by how much the city grew up between 1993 when I left for Long Beach State and 2005 when I returned to work at the Bee. I ride my bicycle a lot, love music and baseball, and donate blood monthly.

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