Merced College’s spring semester Performance and Lecture Series will commence with “Dangerous History: Korea, Love, and the Japanese American Internment” with history professor Michael Lorenz.
“The process by which the historian creates a version of history is a complex process of competing forces which, if not carefully controlled, can lead to what could be referred to as ‘Dangerous History’,” said Lorenz. “This would be a version of history that is, even with the best of intentions, a partial record that is over simplified and misleading and, at its worst, can fall to the level of outright propaganda.”
During his presentation, Lorenz will discuss how he struggled with many forces while researching Japanese Internment. Through his experience, he hopes to “serve as a window into the process of creating history and our need as historians and the public to be accepting of complexity, limitations of quick knowledge, and ultimately—human humility.”
Lorenz’s lecture and following presentations as part of the Performance and Lecture Series are made possible with grant support from the Merced College Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.
“Dangerous History: Korea, Love, and the Japanese American Interment” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Lesher Student Services Center Room 111, Merced College’s “little theater.”
For more information, call 381-6470.