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Legacies of Violence and Genocide: Can Memorials and Museums Help Us Build a Better Future?

Thursday, November 12 | 5:00 PM

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Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Can memory prevent injustice and violence? Panelists of this virtual roundtable will discuss the role of museums and memorials in building the bridge between history, understanding, empathy and action. In recent years, questions about the representation of history in public spaces have become more pressing than ever.

The legacies of the Holocaust, colonial violence and racist exploitation are at the center of resulting debates and actions that range from redesigning commemorative and exhibition spaces to toppling monuments. Can museums and memorials fulfill the tasks of remembrance, reconciliation and prevention that genocidal and other instances of mass violence pose? The roundtable takes the history of the Holocaust as a starting point for a conversation on the capacity of public portrayals of complex histories of violence to shape a more just future.


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HUMANITIES BROADCAST - Panel discussion featuring the following participants: Avril Alba, Ph.D., senior lecturer in Holocaust studies and Jewish civilization in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney; Zahava D. Doering, PhD., editor emerita of Curator: The Museum Journal and worked as senior social scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; David Cunningham, Ph.D., professor and chair of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis; and moderator Erin McGlothlin, Ph.D., chair of Germanic Languages and Literatures and professor of German and Jewish studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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