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For the first event for NEA Big Read: King County, a panel will feature experts on the Japanese American internment, including Rachel Endo, author of “The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom,” and Dean of the College of Education at the UW-Tacoma campus; Sarah Mattox, mezzo-soprano and composer of “Heart Mountain Opera” (an opera based on Japanese American internee writing and poetry); Bill Woodward, SPU professor emeritus of history; and former Highline faculty member Mira Shimabukuro, now Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell and the author of “Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration.”

Location: Building 2