Current News & Events



Current News & Events

The Struggle for Religious Freedom: Yesterday and Today 6/19/2014

The Ninth Annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium is scheduled in the CSI Fine Arts Theatre on June 19- 20, 2014 and precedes the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage on June 20-22 at the Hunt Internment Camp. The 2014 theme is The Struggle for Religious Freedom: Yesterday and Today. This annual interdisciplinary conference examines the relationship between religion and civil liberties in American history with emphasis on the Japanese American experience during World War II and is co-sponsored by the College of Southern Idaho, National Park Service/Minidoka National Historic Site, the Friends of Minidoka, and Boise State University. 

The symposium features presentations by noted scholars, educators, and panel discussions by former Japanese American internees and others experts in civil liberties, history, and religion in the United States. The 2014 distinguished speakers include sociologist, Tetsuden Kashima, historians Richard Stallings, Frank Lambert, and Jim Gentry, political scientists David Adler, Lane Hirabayashi, and Paul Watanabe, Reverend Brooks Andrews, and Rose Masters and Patricia Biggs from the National Park Service’s Manzanar Historic Site in Inyo County, California. 

Participants may register for public admission through the CSI Community Education Department for one or both days. Two-day admission is $80 and includes the symposium, and breakfast and lunch on both days. Admission to one day of the conference is $40, and includes breakfast and lunch on that day. Early registration is encouraged and registration information can be found at or by calling (208) 732-6442. 

Participants may register for the symposium and receive one credit through the College of Southern Idaho for $110 plus a $40 conference registration fee by visiting and registering for SCOS 199. This option is ideal for K-12 teachers seeking continuing education credits during the summer. 

Students interested in registering for upper division Boise State University credit will find more information at or to register, visit 


The annual Minidoka Pilgrimage is scheduled Friday, June 20-Sunday, June 22 and includes tours and ceremonies at the Minidoka National Historic Site. More information can be found at the or or by calling the National Park Visitor center at (208) 933-4127. 

For further symposium information, please contact:

·        CSI Community Education: (208) 732-6290,

·        Dr. Russ Tremayne, College of Southern Idaho: 208-732-6885,

·        Carol Ash, Minidoka National Historic Site: 208-933-4125 

For more information on CSI Community Education classes, visit Course catalogs are available at outlets throughout the greater eight-county Magic Valley area, area chamber of commerce offices and at the CSI campuses in Twin Falls, Burley, Gooding, and Hailey. To register for classes, call the CSI Community Education Center at (208)732-6442, or register and pay online at CSI Community Education can also be found on Facebook at 

The College of Southern Idaho Community Education Center offers non-credit personal, professional, and business training opportunities to the local and regional community through creative and innovative learning. Programs offered include personal improvement courses with focus on individual growth and personal interactions, and professional and business courses with emphasis on skill enhancement that address immediate and emerging business needs with long-term training solutions. For more information about the CSI Community Education Center, visit online at


Stacy Madsen   732-6290
Civil Liberties Symposium
Charges and Fees will Apply