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Norman Y. Mineta Distinguished Lecture Series

The Norman Y. Mineta Distinguished Lecture Series is a signature series centered on the leadership values and principles inspired by the late Secretary Mineta, including his commitment to public service, social justice, and strengthening US-Japan relations.

Launched by the Democracy Center in January 2024, the series will feature national leaders and voices that are creating change and shaping democracy to provoke thought and inspire change in the US. It is one of two signature Distinguished Lecture Series centered on the leadership values and principles inspired by Norman Y. Mineta and Irene Hirano Inouye.

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“Norm was a great friend and supporter of JANM. His leadership, generosity, diplomacy, patriotism, and dedication to civil rights inspired volunteers to invest in the Museum’s vision for a place that would preserve Japanese American history and culture and America’s democratic ideals for future generations. Our lecture series brings his values to newer audiences and future generations so that people of all ages and diverse backgrounds can understand how his life’s work affects their present lives and the evolving state of democracy.” 

—Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, JANM

Past Lectures

Inaugural Lecture & Plaza Dedication

Friday, January 26, 2024 • 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
The Democracy Center presents the inaugural lecture in the Norman Y. Mineta Distinguished Lecture Series with special guest speaker Mitch Landrieu, former Senior Advisor to the President and former Mayor of New Orleans.

On the occasion of the inaugural lecture, we are proud to rename JANM’s historic plaza in his honor to commemorate his profound legacy, his lifelong commitment to democracy, and his profound impact on the Museum.

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About Norman Y. Mineta

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was the former member of the JANM Board of Trustees (1996–2022) and the JANM Board of Governors (1988–1995). He also served as the chair of the JANM Board of Trustees (2015–2022) and the JANM Board of Governors (2010–2015).

He and his family were forcibly removed from their home in San José, California, and incarcerated along with 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry for the duration of World War II. The family was initially held at the Santa Anita temporary detention center in Los Angeles, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming.

Secretary Mineta represented his hometown of San José in the House of Representatives for over twenty years. The first Asian American appointed to a Presidential cabinet, he was named Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton in 2000 and was named Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush in 2001. He was recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, in 2006. In 2012 he was awarded JANM’s Distinguished Medal of Honor.
 

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Norman Y. Mineta Distinguished Lecture Series

Advisory Council

Danealia Mineta
David K. Mineta
Stuart Mineta
Ann Burroughs
RADM Melvin H Chiogioji
William T Fujioka
Hon. Karen K. Narasaki
Secretary Leon E. Panetta
Karen E. Philbrick, PhD
Secretary Anthony J. Principi
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae
Secretary Rodney E. Slater
Susanne Stout Smith
Keith Terasaki, MD

As of 1/18/24

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