Programs & Events

In conjunction with Then They Came for Me, Alphawood Gallery offers a robust series of free public programming both on and off-site to encourage and expand conversations on related contemporary issues.

Public programs and events will address the impacts of Executive Order 9066 that are still felt throughout Japanese American communities and beyond, and provocatively explore vital questions about citizenship, immigration, racial discrimination, profiling, economic disparity, detainment, civil liberties, equality, activism and more.


september, 2017

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02sep(sep 2)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

06sep(sep 6)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

07sep(sep 7)6:00 pmGallery Closing at 6PM6:00 pm

07sep(sep 7)7:00 pmAn Evening with George TakeiSOLD OUT7:00 pm

09sep(sep 9)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

09sep(sep 9)3:00 pmAllegiance: The Broadway Musical On ScreenFilm3:00 pm

13sep(sep 13)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

13sep(sep 13)6:00 pmSam Mihara & Azam Nizamuddin In Conversation6:00 pm

13sep(sep 13)6:00 pm(sep 13)6:00 pmBlack & Pink Chicago: Letter Writing MeetupTake Action Room6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

14sep(sep 14)4:00 pm(sep 14)4:00 pmCommunity Activism Law Alliance (CALA): Immigration Law ClinicTake Action Room4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

14sep(sep 14)6:30 pmPublic Tour6:30 pm

14sep(sep 14)6:30 pm9/11 Film Program6:30 pm

16sep(sep 16)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

16sep(sep 16)3:00 pmSharing Stories, Joyce Kubose3:00 pm

16sep(sep 16)4:30 pm9/11 Film Program4:30 pm

17sep(sep 17)11:00 am(sep 17)11:00 amMYCELIAL: STREET PARLIAMENTInteractive Workshop11:00 am - 3:00 pm

20sep(sep 20)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

21sep(sep 21)6:30 pmPublic Tour6:30 pm

23sep(sep 23)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

23sep(sep 23)7:00 pmThe ACLU Presents: "Use It or Lose It: Ten Short Plays About Your Rights"Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 7:00 pm

24sep(sep 24)11:30 amJapanese Language Tour of Exhibition11:30 am

24sep(sep 24)1:00 pm(sep 24)1:00 pmBlack & Pink Chicago: Letter Writing MeetupTake Action Room1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

24sep(sep 24)2:00 pmASL Tour2:00 pm

26sep(sep 26)7:30 pmIslamophobia and Surveillance in the Trump Era: Glenn Greenwald in Conversation with Moustafa BayoumiRockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 606377:30 pm

27sep(sep 27)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

28sep(sep 28)6:30 pmPublic Tour6:30 pm

30sep(sep 30)1:00 pmPublic Tour1:00 pm

30sep(sep 30)3:00 pmSharing Stories, Kenji Kuramitsu3:00 pm

Recurring Events

Weekly Tours

Join us for public tours of the exhibition.

1pm, Wednesdays

6:30pm, Thursdays

1pm, Saturdays


2nd Floor Theater

AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US, 2017, Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, USA, 47 MIN.

This new documentary about the Japanese American incarceration demonstrates the importance of speaking up against any efforts to register or ban Muslims today. Knowing our history is the first step in making sure we do not repeat it. Interviews include actor George Takei (STAR TREK), who was incarcerated along with his family.

Sharing Stories

3pm, most Saturdays

*No Sharing Stories on September 23

Creating a space within the exhibition for dialogue and community, Sharing Stories features personal stories of Japanese Americans and others who have experienced incarceration or challenges to their civil liberties. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions, share their own experiences or just join the group to learn more.