Monthly Archives: March 2017

Discover, Discuss and Celebrate with Oviatt Events During the Month of April

butterfies flyingHello Matadors! The month of April brings many events and fun activities you will not want to miss. We will be offering workshops, presentations, a documentary screening, and a week of amnesty for CSUN students with overdue books! Read further to find out about all of our offerings.

Monday, April 3, Join us for Combatting Hunger Through Sustainability and Action which will be held in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This food, nutrition and health public policy event aims to empower attendees to become effective advocates for food access, nutrition and community health. During this day-long event attendees will learn about innovative food, nutrition and health policies affecting professionals and the public. Attendees will also learn ways to take action and get involved in public policy. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information please visit

On Wednesday, April 5, we will be hosting Visualize This! The Creative Side of Copyright from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room. This symposium will address fair use, intellectual property, reuse, and the proliferation of online access as it applies to visual formats such as photography, comics, digital media – even 3D printing! A panel discussion will follow the presentations. A networking lunch will be provided. RSVP at by March 31, 2017. For more information visit

Wednesday, April 12, the Oviatt Library, Journalism and CVTA Departments will be cosponsoring a documentary screening and panel discussion on Agness Underwood: First Lady of the Newsroom in the Armer Theater in Manzanita Hall at 7 p.m. This event is free. For more information visit

Sunday, April 9 through Saturday April 15 the Oviatt Library will be celebrating National Library Week!

April 9-15 amnesty will be granted on overdue books for CSUN students.

April 10 temporary tattoos will be available in the Library lobby from 12-1:30 p.m.

April 10-14 CSUN students can enter a drawing in the Learning Commons to win a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift card. There will also be an Oviatt Library Staff Picks display featuring our favorite books. Stop by and see what we are reading and check out a book too!

For more information and details about National Library Week offerings please see our Flyer 2017.

Executive Order 9066 Exhibit Displays Japanese-American History

Japanese-Americans incarcerated at a camp on West CoastHello Matadors! We invite you to come by and experience the Executive Order 9066 Exhibit which marks the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing an order that led to the incarceration of thousands of Japanese-Americans. This exhibit is being held in the Library Exhibit Gallery on the second floor of the Oviatt Library.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. This order authorized the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans from March 1942 through March 1946. During this time, approximately 75,000 Japanese-American citizens and 45,000 Japanese immigrants (who were prohibited from becoming naturalized American citizens) were sent to camps throughout the west and along the west coast. Those affected by this order included thousands of Japanese-American children, the disabled, and elderly. This order forced many who were students to drop out of school and people and families to leave and lose their jobs and homes.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, the order against Japanese-Americans was revoked. Although those who had been living in these camps were released, many faced challenges rebuilding the life they once had. It was not uncommon for Japanese-Americans to find hostility and discrimination upon their return to society. In 1980, a congressional commission blamed the incarceration on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed HR 442, known as the Civil Liberties Act, which provided restitution and an apology to those surviving Japanese-Americans who had been held in these camps.

The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit on the second floor of the Library includes first-hand accounts from those incarcerated about their many experiences in the mess halls, communal spaces, in addition to printed materials utilized by the government including a loyalty questionnaire to determine the “Americanness” of those imprisoned. It also includes posters from the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project that display letters, photographs and other materials that showcase the experiences of those in the camps. This digitization project is a collaboration of 15 CSU campuses working together to document the story of Japanese Americans. For more information please visit The Executive Order 9066 Exhibit will run through May 31, 207.