Northwest College Professor Aura Newlin to Present at NCJFCJ's 80th Annual Conference on Japanese American Confinement Experience

March 13, 2017


Hosted by NCJFCJ's Diversity Committee

Professor Aura Newlin’s session, Lessons of the Japanese American Confinement Experience: Historical Contexts, Present-Day Relevance, and the Impact on Families and Children, will examine the race-based confinement of Japanese immigrants and their US-born children during WWII as the result of wartime fears directed toward those who looked like the enemy. In this session, Aura Newlin will discuss the impact of internment on families and children, as well as the contemporary relevance of their experiences.

About Professor Aura Newlin:

Professor Aura Matsumura Newlin is a faculty member at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where she teaches Sociology and Anthropology and serves as the college’s Assessment Coordinator. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and an Advisory Board member for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. A fourth-generation Wyomingite, her Japanese-American heritage involves intertwined stories of confinement at Heart Mountain, Tule Lake, and Manzanar; military service in the racially-segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and hardships suffered by Wyoming railroaders who were laid off as a result of their Japanese ancestry following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ 80th Annual Conference will be July 16 to 19, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC.