CSI holds annual Civil Liberties Symposium

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho - The theme for this year's College of Southern Idaho Civil Liberties Symposium was 'Civil Liberties and the Arts'.

Professor David Adler from Idaho State University spoke about the role of artistic expression and the protection it receives under the constitution.

He said, "You would look at any period of American history including the internment camps and you could see how artists attempt to express their vows, imagination and in turn they'll have to confront their efforts to censor their voices."

Performances and artwork regarding experiences in Japanese American internment camps were prevalent throughout the conference.

Roger Shimomura, who was also the keynote speaker, said, "This is a pretty good slate of all-stars in Japanese America in the arts scene. They seem to set an emotional line easily and cross back and forth which leads to some pretty dramatic presentations that go way beyond the straight lectures."

During world war two, nearly 13-thousand people of japanese ancestry were sent to an internment camp near twin falls.

The public is invited to attend the annual pilgrimage to the remains of the Minidoka Relocation Camp this weekend.

Wendy Janssen, Superintendent of Minidoka National Historic Site says, "It's an important part of our American history, our collective history to talk about what can happen with the fragility of Democracy during time of crisis and how precious our civil and constitutional rights are."

On Saturday there will be guided tours and for Sunday, a memorial service will be held at the site to honor internees and those who left Minidoka and were killed while serving in the US Army during World War II.


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