2017 Symposium

October 5–7, 2017




Symposium Registration is now live! 

Deadline: September 21, 2017 EXTENDED: October 2, 2017

Registration is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM), Yale Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), the Satoda Family Fund, and the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant Program

The current version of the schedule is accessible as a PDF.


For those looking to book hotels, we have a group of 50 rooms reserved for the nights of October 5–7 at the New Haven Omni Hotel. Please make a reservation online or by calling (203) 772-6664 before September 8th to secure our preferred rate. Other convenient options include the New Haven Hotel and the Courtyard Marriott New Haven.


Please read Yale’s dedicated site for transportation recommendations. Flights to Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) are limited. For those interested in the October 8th (Sunday) tour of the Noguchi Museum, we recommend flying into New York: Newark (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA), or John F. Kennedy (JFK). Bradley International Airport (BDL), an hour north of New Haven via car, is the closest mid-sized airport.



Optional Guided Tour of Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center with head curator and symposium panelist Dakin Hart (The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, New York) on October 8, 2017. Admission is free for symposium participants, courtesy of the Noguchi Museum. RSVP required. Limited to first 30 registrants.

Self-Interned, 1942 examines Isamu Noguchi’s extraordinary decision to voluntarily enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in the Arizona Desert, despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York. The exhibition brings together about two-dozen works from the Museum’s collection, dating from before, during, and after Noguchi’s time at Poston, along with a substantial selection of archival documents. Together these evoke this harrowing moment in the history of American democracy, while revealing the impact that his experience at Poston had on Noguchi’s art. 

For more information, please visit the Noguchi Museum’s site