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Learning from the Harada Story

November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020 6 pm | Free | Registration Required

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join Inlandia Institute and the Harada House Foundation as we host a conversational discussion about civil liberties and racial justice in the present moment, framed within the context of the Harada House as a symbol of dignity, perseverance, and social justice. Free and open to the public but RSVP required:
In Riverside (1916), Jukichi Harada was criminally prosecuted in a racially motivated attempt to deny the Harada family their own home. What today would parallel this lawsuit and its effort to deprive people in the U.S. of their rights based on race?
What is democracy? How does it work? Is the concept fixed or fluid? Are we getting better at it? What must happen next?
Against the backdrop of civil rights victories in Riverside—notably the Harada family’s judicial triumph in 1918—a group of leaders will discuss peaceful paths to effect positive change, share indicators that the system can be improved, and highlight stories of persistence and choosing the greater good.
Panelists to include Jack Clarke, Best, Best & Krieger; Larry Gonzalez, City of Riverside Chief of Police; Kristen Hayashi, Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles; and Michelle Magalong, University of Maryland and President of the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation. Moderated by Robyn G. Peterson, Director of the Museum of Riverside.
About the Panelists:
Jack Clarke has been an attorney at the law firm of Best, Best & Krieger LLP for over 30 years. He is engaged in a public agency / litigation practice and has been involved in multiple matters that concern diversity and inclusion in his law practice and within the community.
Kristen Hayashi is a public historian and Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation research examined the return and resettlement of Japanese Americans to post-WWII Los Angeles.
Larry Gonzalez was named City of Riverside Chief of Police in January 2020, and has served the Riverside Police Department for nearly three decades. He has been an instructor at the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy for over 20 years, specializing in Use of Force, Laws of Arrest, Defensive Tactics, and Civil Liability. He holds a B.S. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Michelle Magalong, Ph.D., is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Historic Preservation at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland. Her research on social justice, community participation, and historic preservation in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is drawn from her practitioner work as President of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
(Moderator) Robyn G. Peterson, Ph.D., is Director of the Museum of Riverside. She has 35 years of experience in museum administrative and curatorial work from California to New York, specializing in interdisciplinary programming and the intersection where art, science, cultural heritage, and sustainability meet. Her degrees—from UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison—are in design, art history, and archaeology.


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