“Deemed Inadvisable:” The University of Chicago, Hyde Park, and Japanese America
March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Doubtless we shall come to waves of widespread war hysteria, but I do not think it is the function of the University to pioneer and lead the way in these triumphs of emotion over reason and decency.” ~Professor Robert McKeon, Chair of the Department of Humanities, 1942.
In June 1942, University of Chicago President Robert M. Hutchins found that it was “deemed inadvisable” to admit Japanese Americans as it might threaten the university’s war contracts. Over the protests of faculty and community members such as Professor McKeon, the university denied admission to dozens of Japanese Americans throughout the war, just as thousands of Japanese American refugees moved to Chicago, many to Hyde Park and the South Side. These refugees, neither white or black, confounded Chicago’s institutionalized segregation creating semi-integrated communities.
Presenting this forgotten history of exclusion alongside a panel of South Side Japanese Americans sharing their lived experiences, this event explores the legacy of the university’s exclusion utilizing the Library’s archival collections and cultivates the Chicago Japanese American story.
March 7th, 3pm to 5pm
Room 122, Regenstein Library, 1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Photo Credit: University of Chicago Photo Archive