Upcoming Special Exhibitions


RACE: Are We So Different?

October 12, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Main Special Exhibition Gallery

RACE logo 2It’s a simple truth.

People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.

The idea of “race” has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge “racial” differences, and even question the very concept of race.

RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

RACE is funded by Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. The local exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Allstate Insurance Company and Co-Sponsor Walgreens and Participating Sponsor Northwestern University. Additional support is being provided by Bank of America, BMO Harris Bank and the Evanston Community Foundation and Loyola University Chicago. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.

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RACE: Are We So Different?
Sunday, October 12 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Join us for a full day of family activities!
Talking Circles | 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 pm
Evanston Children’s Choir, under the direction of Gary Geiger | 1:30 pm
Reservations required: RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org.

Family Storytelling Program
Sunday, November 2 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Sue O’Halloran, a story artist, writer, television personality and keynote speaker

Kids ages 6+ will learn to value differences of others through folktales, movement and music by acclaimed storyteller, writer and television personality Sue O’Halloran. Sue’s stories focus on family, a sense of place and how our past affects our present and future.

Reservations required: education@ilhmec.org.

Science Confronts Race: A Contested History
Thursday, November 6 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Using the concept of “race” to understand differences between human groups has a long and troubled history in the biological and biomedical sciences. This talk will review some of this history and discuss why the use of race in science, especially the new genetics/genomics, raises significant ethical issues that require more meaningful pubic dialog. Registration required; limited seating available. Panelists include Dr. Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosencrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Reservations required: RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org.

Race and The Law: Criminal Justice and Immigration
Sunday December 7 | 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Registration required: RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org.

Race and The Economy: Jobs, Housing, Povery
Thursday, January 15 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Reservations required: RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org.

Coming Together in Skokie and Niles
Sunday, January 11 | 12:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Kick-off Program for Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township

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