Celebration of ‘EO 9066’ Exhibition and Book

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. in San Francisco, will celebrate its 1972 landmark exhibition and book “Executive Order 9066” on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

The program, presented in partnership with Friends of Topaz, will be moderated by historian Charles Wollenberg.

After the discussion, California Historical Society’s reference librarians and archivists will provide an open house in the North Baker Research Library and will show collections related to the executive order.

Speaker information:

• Pat Hayashi was born in Topaz, Utah. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley, and earned a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in public policy. At Berkeley, he served as head of the newly founded Asian American Studies Program from 1971 to 1973. He later served as associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment. In that capacity, he initiated the campus’s effort to review applicants holistically and to assess their achievements and promise in terms of the opportunities they enjoyed and the hardships they faced.

From 1999 to 2004, he was associate president of the University of California system. He was the chief architect of UC President Richard Atkinson’s call for fundamental changes the SAT to make it more suitable for a democratic society. He retired from UC in 2004.

In retirement, he initiated a challenge to the National Merit Scholars Program on the grounds that it advanced a fraudulent and discriminatory definition of merit. As a result of his efforts, all UC campuses ceased participating in the program in 2006. He now spends his time traveling and learning to paint and sing. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, a program aimed at ensuring that the lessons of the Japanese American concentration camps are not forgotten.