The Museum hosts a wide array of films, discussions, lectures, concerts and family programs to probe more deeply into aspects of civil rights, human rights, tolerance and history. Unless otherwise noted, programs are FREE with Museum admission.

View our 2014 quarterly event cards >


Race and The Economy: Jobs, Housing, Poverty

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

In conjunction with the special exhibition RACE: Are We So Different?, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and YWCA Evanston/North Shore present a Scholar Series: moderated by Dr. Yolanda Moses, University of California-Riverside, former President of American Anthropological Association and co-author of “RACE: Are We So Different?” and Dr. David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies.

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FILM & DISCUSSION: “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, the Original Queen of Comedy”

Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Moms MableyAaron Freeman, narrator of the Midwest Emmy Award-winning film “Skokie:  Invaded But Not Conquered,” leads a discussion on humor and ethnicity.  He will chat with the audience, following the screening of Whoopi Goldberg’s homage to showbiz pioneer Jackie “Moms” Mabley.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH…Survivors of Auschwitz

Sunday, January 25, 2015 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

candlesIn recognition of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Museum hosts a moderated discussion with Holocaust survivors of Auschwitz featuring Northwestern University Professor of History Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation. 

Presented in cooperation with JCRC/JUF Chicago, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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COMMEMORATION: The Armenian Genocide: American Response and American Philanthropy

Sunday, February 8 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm

We mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with a powerful symposium that examines the United States’ response to the genocide through the lens of the Near East Relief, the first non-governmental, non-sectarian, ecumenical effort of its kind. Panelists: Dr. Stephen Smith, USC Shoah Foundation; Dr. Peter Balakian, Colgate University; Shant Mardirossian, Near East Foundation; and Omer Ismail, Enough Project and Darfur genocide survivor.

Co-presented by Near East Relief Historical Society/Near East Foundation, in partnership with Armenian National Committee of Illinois.

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LYRIC OPERA presents…A Weinberg Evening

Thursday, February 12 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra perform chamber music by composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg and his contemporaries.  A companion lecture provides historical perspective.

Tickets:  $30, $20 Members

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FILM & DISCUSSION: “The Pawnbroker”

 Sunday, February 15 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm

IThe Pawnbrokern the feature film “The Pawnbroker” Rod Steiger portrays a Holocaust survivor whose loss of his family to the Nazis shapes his character and drives his actions. David Chack, Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre; Adjunct Professor, The Theatre School at DePaul University; President, Association for Jewish Theatre, discusses the film’s contemporary relevance.

This is the second in the Museum’s 6-part Faces of Humanity Film Series.

Tickets:  $15, $10 Members

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Through Soviet Jewish Eyes

Sunday, February 22 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Based on David Schneer’s book Through Soviet Jewish Eyes, the exhibition presents more than 50 images seen through the lens of Soviet photojournalists, the majority of whom were Jewish. Book signing to follow.


Creating Change: Using Social Media for Social Good

Sunday, March 8 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

We share photos on social media every day. But how can we use those selfies, memes, and candid shots for social good? Bring a cell phone, tablet, or other web-enabled camera and explore ways to be a digital upstander in your local and global community. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Presented in partnership with Marwen.

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Thursday, March 12 | 5:30 pm Reception; 6:30 Dinner
Hyatt Regency Chicago

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BOOK & AUTHOR: Anika Walke

Thursday, March 19 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Anika Walke, assistant professor of history, Washington University, St. Louis, discusses her new book Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia, which weaves together oral histories, video testimonies and memoirs to show how the first generation of Soviet Jews experienced the Nazi genocide, focusing on the children and how they remember it after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Book signing to follow.

Free for Museum members, or with Museum admission.

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Sunday, March 22 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Reading from the moving compilation of stories In Our Voices, actors from Writers Theatre in Glencoe pay tribute to emotional and inspiring accounts of Holocaust survival written by Chicagoland-based survivors.

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 Sunday, March 29 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm

TDefiancehe action-filled feature based on the true story of the Bielski  brothers—whose partisan unit sheltered Jewish families and  fought the Nazis—is followed by a post-screening discussion with  Laurie Hasten, whose grandmother was saved by the Bielskis.

This is the third in the Museum’s 6-part Faces of Humanity Film Series.

Tickets:  $15, $10 Members

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Programs partially supported by
the Illinois Arts Council Agency






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