Laura and Stan are passionate about sharing the book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, with young people. They have reached over 4,000 young people in the Bay Area and Los Angeles in the months since the book's launch on January 30th, 2017.
Their main presentation, which can be as short as 30 minutes (though that's tight) and up to an hour, includes a Powerpoint slide show. The authors talk about their different connections to the book, and what led them to write it. They then introduce Fred Korematsu's story, and how he came to challenge Japanese American incarceration during WWII. They also give broader historical context about this period. The presentation is framed with ideas of speaking up and activism, and concludes with reflections on present day civil liberties issues, including the Women's marches and airport protests during the recent majority-Muslim country travel ban.
The authors ask young people questions along the way, and the presentation can be quite interactive. Already, students have shown a key interest in the content, both in terms of Fred Korematsu's life, as well as thinking about speaking up for what you think is right. At the end, young people are invited to share their stories of speaking up, which can be posted on this website.
You can see a version of our main presentation in this video, which is from a presentation we made at the California Historical Society.
We have other presentations for students who are more familiar with the book. Two schools chose Fred Korematsu Speaks Up for all of their middle school students to read over the summer. For follow up visits, we are going deeper into how we put our book together, and giving prompts to students to think about creating their own non-fiction social justice stories. We are happy to talk to a school and come up with a creative way to work with your community.
Laura is based in Berkeley, CA while Stan is based in Los Angeles, so unless one of them will be in your location anyways, one of their travel costs will need to be covered. They have set fees, but can discuss these, especially with Title 1 public schools in the East Bay.
If you are interested in having a school visit, please send us an email.
For visits, the authors ask that the school provide a projector and speakers, and the authors can bring a laptop (Mac and/or PC) as well as a memory stick.
Here are the fees:
1-hour presentation for one class: $300
1-hour presentation for up to 100 children: $400
1-hour presentation for 100+ children: $500
Half-day visit (3 hours - 2 presentations): $800
Full-day visit (6 hours - 4 presentations and lunch with students): $1500
Schools Visited So Far:
Jefferson Elementary School, Berkeley
Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley
Claremont Middle School, Oakland
Prospect Sierra Elementary and Middle School, El Cerrito
Fred Korematsu Middle School, El Cerrito
Glenview Elementary, Oakland
Fred T. Korematsu elementary school, Davis
Aurora Elementary, Oakland
St. Theresa School, Oakland
Montclaire Middle School, Oakland
Bridges Academy, Oakland
Hillcrest Elementary, Oakland
Chabot Elementary, Oakland
Park Day Elementary, Oakland
Clarendon Alternative Elementary, San Francisco
Citizens of the World Mar Vista Charter School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Elementary School, Los Angles
Aptos Middle School, San Francisco
Oakland Tech, Oakland
Crocker Highland Elementary School, Oakland
Manzanita Seed Elementary School, Oakland
Allendale Elementary School, Oakland
Thousand Oaks Elementary, Berkeley
Yu Ming Academy, Oakland
UCLA Lab School, Los Angeles
Greenleaf Elementary, Oakland
UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies class, taught by Judge Trina Thompson
Upcoming scheduled school visits:
September 11 , Monday
Seven Hill School, Walnut Creek
September 21, Thursday
Stan presenting at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in Los Angeles
We'll be doing a series of Bay Area events with local chapters of the ACLU as part of Banned Books Week. We are looking to do school visits nearby if possible - please get in touch if interested. Here's where we will be:
Sept 27, W 7 pm ACLU event at Japanese American Museum in San Jose
Sept 28, Th 7:30 pm ACLU event at Kepler’s Books
Sept 29, F 6:30 pm ACLU event at Laurel Books
Sept 30, Sat 10:30 am ACLU event at Yolo Library, Davis
1:30 pm ACLU event at Sierra 2 Center, Sacramento
School visits in Seattle as part of Northwest tour. Get in touch if you are a school that would be interested in having us come and speak.