2008 National Conference » Speakers

David Hays

Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries

David M. Hays was brought up in an Army family in U.S. military facilities in Germany and Japan during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their stay in Yokosuka, Japan in 1956 had a long-lasting effect on the family. David Hays received his B.A. from the University of Idaho in 1974, and became a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served on the East German border from 1975 to 1978. He attended graduate school at the University of Colorado, receiving an M.A. in U.S. History in 1981. Since then, he has worked as an archivist in the Libraries at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has created traveling exhibits on the history of racial and ethnic stereotypes in America. He has conducted research on the topic of “civil rights and desegregation at the University of Colorado from 1938 to 1966.” For the past eight years, he has directed the U.S. Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School Archival Project.

"Words at War: The Sensei of the US Navy Japanese Language School At the University of Colorado, 1942-1946," an article written by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Thursday, July 3

Walking Tour of US Navy Japanese Language School/University of Colorado, 1942-1946
Robert Bruns
David Hays, Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
Donald Sigurdson Willis, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado at Boulder - Reception Desk, University Memorial Center
Topic: General Activity

Saturday, July 5

Words Matter: Language and the World War II Japanese American Experience
David Hays, Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
George Takei, Actor
Warren Tsuneishi
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction