Events 2018-2019

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7pm - 9pm

Neal Pease, "The Good Name of Poland: The Polish 'Holocaust Speech' Law and its Historical and Contemporary Meaning"

Why did Poland recently pass legislation imposing legal penalties for charging the Polish nation with complicity in the Holocaust, and why did this action provoke a storm of protest and debate inside the country, and in the outside world? The headlines, soundbites, and acrimonious disputes obscured the complex and emotive historical background, and current Polish political controversies that prompted the country to pass the "Holocaust Speech" act. A UWM historian will sift through the issues, past and present, explain what the law says, and does not say, and offer thoughts on its implications for research and discussion of some of the most important and agonizing topics of 20th century history.

UWM Curtin Hall, Room 175
3243 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7pm to 9pm

Stahl Center Distinguished Lecture

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, "The Role of Museums in Perilous Time: What's Happening in Poland?"

Recent efforts in Poland to dictate how the history of the Holocaust should be told have placed museums in the crosshairs of historical policy and the politics of history. As institutions of public history and sites of informal learning, museums can play a vital role in presenting difficult histories that are authoritative, without being authoritarian. To fulfill that role, they must create a zone of trust, and model civil discourse, open debate, and critical approaches to history. What stories are museums in Poland telling and how free are they to tell them? This talk will focus on how POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is meeting these challenges.

Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Wednesday, October 18, 2018, 12pm Noon

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, "Beyond Living Memory: The Future of Holocaust Museums"

Living witnesses to the Holocaust play a central role in Holocaust education, whether in Holocaust museums, commemorations, or visits to Holocaust sites. Notwithstanding the many diaries, memoirs, and sound and video recordings of survivor testimony, the impact of encounters with living survivors is unparalleled. However, a period without living witnesses to the Holocaust is fast approaching. How are Holocaust museums preparing for that day? This talk will explore how POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews presents the Holocaust in a shifting political context.

Kohls Garden Galleries
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Wednesday, October 18, 2018, 6:15pm

Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, "Curating Between Hope and Despair: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews"

Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews completes the memorial complex. At the monument we honor those who died by remembering how they died. At the museum we honor them—and those who came before and after—by remembering how they lived. This lecture explores the creation of the POLIN Museum and its multimedia narrative exhibition—a journey of a thousand years—and its potential to be an agent of transformation that can move an entire society forward.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Wednesday, October 23, 2018, 7pm

Yechiel Bar-Chaim, "Accompanying War: A Personal Narrative of the Conflict in Bosnia"
A Midwesterner with plenty of goodwill, but without relevant experience gets tangled up in the violent break-up of the Former Yugoslavia, finds some important ways to help people on all sides, and ends up learning a few truths--some bitter, some sweet--about life.

Including a personal perspective on how the Jews of Sarajevo, a small minority in a bitterly ethnically divided city under siege, became central to relief and rescue efforts during the Bosnian war.

Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5pm

Yechiel Bar-Chaim, Film: "The Way Out [Cesta Ven]"

Set in the Czech Republic in 2013, The Way Out is the story of a young Roma woman who wishes to live an ordinary life--something almost impossible for the minority she belongs to. Alone, she leads an unequal struggle against a mostly hostile majority while preserving all of her dignity and love.

Bader Philanthropies
3300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium

Milwaukee Jewish Studies Colloquium, a forum for scholars in the Milwaukee area to present their research in progress to Milwaukee-area faculty, academic staff, and graduate students. We plan to meet several times each academic year, with some sessions at Marquette and some at UWM. Over time, the colloquium will showcase research projects covering a broad swath of the field: from ancient to modern times, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Sessions will take place at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies (Greene Museum, between Greene Hall and Sabin Hall, 3367 N. Downer Avenue) and also at Marquette University. Light kosher refreshments will be served.

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