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Bob Keller on Internment

Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal

As a child during World War II, Robert Keller visited Camp Harmony, a temporary internment camp in Puyallup for Japanese Americans.  Later in his life, Dr. Keller lived in Germany where he saw how Germans dealt with bleak memories of the war and the holocaust.  These experiences helped shape his presentation, "Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal," where Dr. Keller asks:  How do we come to terms with dark parts of our history?

Robert Keller is Professor Emeritus at Western Washington University where he taught for 26 years, primarily American Indian history.  He is on the board of the Whatcom Land Trust and edited the book Whatcom Places.  Throughout his career, he has authored and co-authored numerous books, including American Indians and National Parks, a book coauthored with Michael Turek about the relationship of the American Indian population with the creation of National Parks.  His hobbies include canoeing, hiking and kayaking, and he has climbed Mt. Baker a dozen times. 

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Bellingham, WA

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fairhaven Branch Library

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