2008 National Conference » Speakers

Gwenn Jensen

Consulting Anthropologist & Oral Historian

Gwenn M. Jensen is a consulting medical anthropologist and oral historian. Along with Naomi Hirahara, Dr. Jensen is the co-author of Silent Scars of Healing Hands: Oral Histories of Japanese American Doctors in World War II Detention Camps, a project funded by the Japanese American Medical Association and a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. As an independent scholar, Dr. Jensen’s current research continues to focus on the short term and long term health consequences of the internment. Over the past decade, she has conducted more than 80 life history interviews on the subject, the majority of which are archived in the Japanese American National Museum. In addition to other community and personal history projects, Dr. Jensen has taught anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver as an adjunct professor.

"Dysentery, Dust, and Determination: Health Care in the World War II Japanese American Detention Camps", an article by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

From Camp to Community: Japanese American Health Care
Kenneth Babamoto, Pfizer Health Solutions
Naomi Hirahara, Writer
Gwenn Jensen, Consulting Anthropologist & Oral Historian
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 7, 4th Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice