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 >



Thursday, November 20 | 6:30-8:00 pm

The FamilyDr. Phyllis Lassner, a professor in the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on historical memoirs and literature about the Holocaust. Join her for an exploration of The Family‘s characters and themes, as well as the ways David Laskin brings his ancestors’ intertwining stories to life.

Reservations required: Spertus, 312-322-1773.







Race and Health Care: Dealing with Disparity

Tuesday, December 2 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Evanston Hospital/ North Shore University Health Systems

In conjunction with the new special exhibition RACE: Are We So Different?, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and YWCA Evanston/ North Shore present a Scholar Series: “Race and Health Care: Dealing with Disparity,” moderated by Dr. Daniel Vicencio, Medical Director at Mercy Family Health Care Center.

Registration required:


Magical Thinking or Modern Planning?: The Ideas Behind the Holocaust

Thursday, December 4 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Pfeffer Family Forum 2

“Holocaust perpetrators were anything but soulless bureaucrats fulfilling their functions. They were people who saw themselves as political warriors fervently inspired by a distinct worldview.”
–Dr. Peter Hayes, noted Holocaust scholar

Every year, the Illinois Holocaust Museum presents the Pfeffer Family Forum to present the community a portal to examine and discuss the most captivating, unfathomed understandings of Holocaust history. Join our discussion with Dr. Hayes as he delves into the argument that the Holocaust was not a product of “modern” ideas but rather a primitive process of separation, transportation, and murder.

This program is free with Museum admission. Free for Museum members.

Reservations required:


Free Admission for Bank of American Cardholders

Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visitors who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive free admission to the Illinois Holocaust Museum from December 6-7, 2014. This is the final weekend to take advantage of the “Museums on Us” program this year!


Race and The Law: Criminal Justice and Immigration

Sunday December 7 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm

In conjunction with the new special exhibition RACE: Are We So Different?, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and YWCA Evanston/North Shore present a Scholar Series: “Race and The Law: Criminal Justice and Immigration,” moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Battalora, St. Xavier University; Lonnie Nasatir, Anti-Defamation League; Patrick Kennan-Devlin, Moran Center for Youth Advocacy; and Dr. Juan Perea, Loyola University Law School.

Registration required:


National Human Rights Month Lecture: Dr. Ruth W. Messinger
If Not Now, When? Pursuing Global Justice to Mend Our Broken World

Sunday, December 14 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Ruth Messinger July 2014

Around the globe, women, girls and LGBT people are often treated as second-class citizens, facing rampant discrimination, violence and routine violations of their human rights. They are denied access to education, jobs and health services, are at heightened risk for HIV and AIDS and, in some places, fear for their lives. Join AJWS president Ruth Messinger to understand these global challenges and learn what we can do, here in the United States, to ensure that marginalized people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean can live with health, safety and dignity.

Co-Presented by the American Jewish World Service, in partnership with Equality Illinois and The Voices and Faces Project.

Reservations required:




Race and The Economy: Jobs, Housing, Poverty

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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.

Reservations required:


IL Arts Council
Programs partially supported by
the Illinois Arts Council Agency






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