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Investigative Journalist Gives History's Coy James Memorial Lecture

Ben Greenberg, 2017 Coy James Memorial Lecture
Ben Greenberg, an investigative journalist who focuses on cold cases and unpunished violence during the Civil Rights Movement, spoke to a standing-room-only audience in Bobbitt Auditorium on September 13 about more recent history for the annual Coy James Memorial Lecture.

Sanctuary Campus: Albion College and World War II

George Kawano, '47 (left), and Fusajiro Aburano, '48
Seventy-five years ago—on February 19, 1942—President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, requiring all West Coast Japanese Americans to relocate to 10 internment camps spread across the United States interior. Eleven months later, Albion College welcomed George Kawano, '47 (far left), and Fusajiro Aburano, '48, to campus.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor survivor Cal Calderone at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with students in Dr. Wes Dick's First-Year Seminar titled Albion & the American Dream.
"In November, our first-year seminar, A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream, traveled to Washington, D.C. to discover America’s history," writes professor Wesley Arden Dick. "On November 5, our students were exploring the national ‘World War II Memorial’ when we encountered a gentleman who was wearing a hat with the insignia USS West Virginia. Hoping to talk with a World War II veteran, we introduced ourselves and he identified himself as Adone ‘Cal’ Calderone from Canton, Ohio."

Story of Vietnam Veteran Adamson, ’63, Part of First-Year Seminar

Donald Adamson, '63, in the 1963 Albionian.
"In teaching history at Albion College, one of my goals is to bring national and international historical issues home to Albion: to the community and the campus," writes history professor Wes Dick, who this fall is teaching a First-Year Seminar titled Sense of Place: Albion and the American Dream. "In exploring Albion College during the Vietnam War ... I have discovered only one Albion College alumnus who died in Vietnam. That individual is Donald Bruce Adamson (pictured at left) and 2016 marks the 50th anniversary year of his death."

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