Intergenerational Trauma Stemming from Incarceration

with Dr. Donna Nagata, Psychology Professor at the University of Michigan

Date(s) – Thursday, May 19th
7:00 pm CDT – 8:00 pm CDT

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

dsc0801-version-2Donna NagataProfessor of Psychology in the Clinical Science program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), to learn about the legacies of the United States’ World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Nagata investigates the incarceration experience and describes the ways in which this event continues to impact former incarcerees, their children, and grandchildren after the war ended.

Hear stories about how the WWII Japanese American incarceration resulted in a range of multigenerational consequences for those who were imprisoned and their descendants such as economic losses, impacts on cultural identities, self-esteem, and family dynamics. Nagata will also draw connections to similar intergenerational traumas, including those suffered by the children of Holocaust survivors.

This program has both in-person and virtual options. 
PRE-REGISTER to choose your viewing option.* 
Museum Members $5 | Nonmembers $10

*Jewish Museum Milwaukee Policy Regarding In-Person Program Attendance
– Limited to 40 patrons with socially distanced seating.
We ask that all eligible adults who wish to attend in-person are current on relevant COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes receiving booster shots when eligible.
– All program patrons, regardless of age, are required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times while in the building.

About the Presenter
Donna Nagata, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Science program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her research interests include the long-term effects of the WWII Japanese American incarceration, Asian American mental health, family processes, and qualitative methods. Dr. Nagata’s research on the multigenerational impacts of the incarceration spans more than 25 years. She has published multiple articles, chapters, and a book on this topic (1993,“Legacy of Injustice: Exploring the Cross-Generational Impact of the Japanese American Internment”). 


Sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.

Image: Dorothea Lange, Centerville, California, May 9, 1942. National Archives. In connection with Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, February 18 – May 29, 2022.


Thu. May 19, 2022


 7:00 pm


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