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  • Locations: Los Angeles, United States
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Drake applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 04/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 01/16/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Drake Administered Housing Options: Hotel
Credit Type: Drake Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: Drake University
Program Description:
POLS109: War, Memory, and Political Activisim
Mary McCarthy
AOI: Historical Foundations; Critical Thinking
This course will cover three cases of war, memory, and political activism: Japanese American Internment, the Armenian Genocide, and the Comfort Women. It will explore these historical cases as controversial or disputed narratives and their legacies for US domestic politics, social activism, and foreign relations. This course will include travel to the Los Angeles area for ten days, as well as in-class discussion at Drake.

During the trip to southern California, there will be at least one site visit and at least two speakers for each case (illustrating both the government perspective (US, Japan, Turkey, respectively) and the activist perspective, as well as the historical, political, and social foundations for debate and controversy).

First, we will visit the Manzanar National Historic Site in Lone Pine, CA, the site of the first of ten internment camps established in response to executive order no. 9066 in 1942. Here we will visit the museum and receive a tour of the reconstructed living quarters where 10,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry, some of whom were American citizens, lived under armed guards and behind barbed wire during the war. Next we will go to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA, where we will tour the museum and speak with Japanese American activists who engaged in successful activism resulting in an apology and compensation from the US government for the internment (Civil Liberties Act 1988).

For the second case, we will visit the Armenian Genocide Monument in Grand Park, Los Angeles, which commemorates the 1915-18 genocide of approximately 1.2 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. We will hear from a historian about the history of this tragedy, as well as the controversy, and Armenian American activists who secured this commemoration. We will then visit the Turkish consulate, whose government disputes that a genocide took place.

For the third case, we will go to the Peace Statue in Glendale, CA, which commemorates the tragedy of up to 200,000 women and girls forced into sexual servitude for the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces during the 1930s and 1940s. We will meet with Korean-American activists who successfully campaigned to have the memorial build in Glendale amidst controversy and protest. Next we will visit the Japanese consulate in LA, which has protested the memorial, and/or activists from the Global Alliance for Historical Truth (GAHT), a group of Japanese and Japanese Americans who have sued the city of Glendale to have the statue removed.

Estimated Range for 2019: $2,480-2,950. Airfare included.