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Panel Discussion: Examining Reparations

February 22, 2022 | 6:30pm CST

On-Site & Virtual

The city of Evanston set precedent in March 2021 by voting 8-1 to launch the Restorative Housing Program, making reparations available to Black residents who suffered from discriminatory housing policies and practices and inaction in the city. Evanston has pledged $10 million, spread over a decade, to begin mending damages and policies from previous officials. On a national level, there is a growing conversation about reparations for Black Americans impacted by the injustices of slavery and its aftermath. 

As we explore the definition of reparations, the rationale and potential for a new national model, many point to the precedent of Holocaust reparations. What can we learn from the history of Holocaust reparations that can inform our thinking about reparations for Black Americans?  How do we calculate material compensation for crimes committed centuries ago? And can we repair injustice retroactively? 

Join us for a moderated discussion with internationally respected reparations activist & Chicago businessman, Kamm Howard, and Senior Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Uppsala University (Sweden) & visiting Associate Professor in Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, Stefan Cristian Ionescu. Museum Vice President of Education & Exhibitions, Kelley Szany, will moderate the discussion.  

Reservations are required for both on-site and online options. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination & masks are required to attend on-site programs.


Non-Members: Museum Admission; Members: Free


Non-Members: $5.00; Members: Free

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