Events

 

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Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor E. Frankl

Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 pm (CST)

This memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps (including Auschwitz) while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that while we cannot avoid suffering, we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.  

At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America. 

Please support our Museum by purchasing this book through our online Legacy Shop.

Click here to buy Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Wednesday January 20, 10:30 AM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Monday January 25, 6:30 PM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

Virtual Commemoration

Ellen V. and Phillip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

International Holocaust Remembrance Day:  Renia’s Diary

Tuesday January 26, 6:30 PM Central Time

Presented by: Women’s Leadership Committee

Community Partners: Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Sheerit Hapleitah; Holocaust Community Services CJE SeniorLife; Midwest Center for Jewish Learning – Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago; Congregation Or Shalom – Vernon Hills; Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Renia Spiegel was 14 when she started writing in a diary, filling its pages with typical teenage drama: crushes on boys, friendships, and the complicated feelings of a young girl navigating her first love. As the Nazi Party rose to power, Renia writes with passion about how the world begins to change around her. She watches and records the horrifying events unfolding around her, including her neighbors being taken away in the middle of the night and her family’s forced relocation to the ghetto. 

Renia did not survive the war. But, miraculously, her diary did.  

For this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, hear Elizabeth Bellak, Renia’s sister, and Alexandra Bellak, Renia’s niece, in conversation as they recount the shocking discovery of Renia’s diary many years after the war. With support from Smithsonian Magazine in translating the diary, Renia’s words have touched readers across the world, allowing her story to travel from her bedroom in Nazi-occupied Poland to the bookshelves of people everywhere.  

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Wednesday February 3, 6:30 PM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

 

Lunch & Learn

How a Montana Mom Became a Leader in Fighting Antisemitism 

Thursday, February 4, 12:00 PM Central Time 

Community Partner: Free Radicals Project; Together We Remember; Holocaust Museum of Montana; ADL Midwest

The Daily Stormer, which took its name from Nazi propaganda tabloid Der Stürmer, encouraged their followers to “take action” after Jewish real estate agent Tanya Gersh agreed to sell property belonging to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s mother. When Spencer learned his mother was working with a Jewish agent, he “took action” with ongoing threats and invasions of her privacy, taking an emotional, physical, social, financial and professional toll on Tanya and her family.

But Tanya fought back. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit in federal court on her behalf and won a more than $14 million judgment against the neo-Nazi leader. Her courage and strength to not let hate win, and to assure this never happens again, is a message she has become passionate about sharing. The lawsuit may be over, but her work has just begun. We invite you to join our lunch & learn session to hear Tanya’s story – and her message – in her own words. 

 

Reservations required

Free to the public

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Wednesday February 10, 10:30 AM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

 

Special Presentation 

Jewish Genealogy: Old Myths and New Science (DNA)

Wednesday February 10, 6:30 PM Central Time

Presented by the Heritage Committee

Community Partner: Wilmette Family History Center

 

Jewish Genealogy is an evolving pursuit to discover who we are and where we came from. A common misconception is that Jewish Genealogy is an impossible task – but this presentation will dispel those myths and show you how you can pursue your own family’s history.  

This program, hosted by the Heritage Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum, will include an overview of the innovative science of how DNA testing has brought a new light to Holocaust research and searching for relatives. Mike Karsen, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and former President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will discuss these exciting new findings. 

 

 

Reservations required

Free to the public

 

 

Book & Author

Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm Central Time

Community Partners:  Illinois State University – Department of Criminal Justice Sciences; John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass killings and roundups of Jews for deportation to Nazi death camps in occupied -Poland.

Join world-renowned Holocaust Historian Christopher Browning as we hear the shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews, and how themes in Ordinary Men continue to resonate today.  

Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men. These men committed atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.

While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during World War II, Browning’s larger argument is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and take action they would never do of their own volition.  

Purchase this title in our Legacy Shop.

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA, BY NELSON MANDELA, EDITED BY SAHM VENTER

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm Central Time

Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children.

Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment.

Click here to buy The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela from our online shop

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Wednesday February 17, 10:30 AM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

 

Virtual Exhibition Opening  

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom   

Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm Central Time 

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

This event is funded in part by a grant from Healing Illinois, a statewide initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with Chicago Community Trust.

Join us for an evening with two people who have intimate knowledge of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy: Isabelle Masson, Lead Curator for Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and John Davis, first American news reporter to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from Robben Island Prison in 1990 and Board Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Their conversation will explore his resistance, leadership, and impact on the anti-apartheid movement. The opening program will also include songs performed by Quava Vocal Group, a multi-award winning classical/jazz a cappella group based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

 

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

“NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG”

Saturday February 20, 3:00 PM Central Time

***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Virtual public tours of hit exhibit Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now available! The virtual tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by a Museum staff member.

 

 

 


Members: Free; Non-members: $10

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

 

Virtual Panel Discussion 

Degrees of Separation: Working Toward Racial Justice in the U.S. and South Africa – In Conversation with Dr. Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt  

Thursday, March 4, 6:30 pm (CST)   

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on the fight for racial equality in the United States today, and its parallels to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Chicagoan Prexy Nesbitt, educator, activist and speaker on Africa, foreign policy, racism, and international leader who supported the struggle to end apartheid, will be joined by Marissa Moorman, Professor of African History and Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University, whose work focuses on the history of South Africa.  

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Book & Author

Hitler’s True Believers:  How Ordinary People Became Nazis 

Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm Central Time

Why did people, ordinary citizens, choose to follow Hitler? Join Author, Robert Gellatetly as he delves into how the Nazis obtained and maintained the support of millions of Germans as he discusses his book Hitler’s True Believers:  How Ordinary People Became Nazis. Exploring the motivations and rationalizations behind popular support for the Third Reich from Hitler’s rise to power to the culmination of the ‘Final Solution.’  

Click here to buy Hitler’s True Believers from our online shop.

 

 

 

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

SUCH A FUN AGE, BY KILEY REID

Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 pm Central Time

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young Black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown-up.

Click here to buy Such a Fun Age from our online shop

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Lunch & Learn 

The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela: Robben Island & The Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Thursday, March 18, 12:00 pm Central Time

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Before our program, the audience is invited to take an on-demand virtual tour of Robben Island, South Africa, conducted by ex-prisoners. Robben Island is home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of incarceration. After the tour, Christopher Till, Executive Director at the Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site, will share powerful insights about the incredible life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Participants can also take an on-demand virtual tour of the Nelson Mandela Capture Site outside Howick, Natal, South Africa which commemorates this moment in history with a visitor center and a world-renowned sculpture. Tour links will be distributed upon registration.

 

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

Lunch & Learn

Voices from Srebrenica: An Online Book Panel 

Thursday, March 25, 12:00 pm Central Time

Co-hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center.

Voices from Srebrenica: Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide tells the story of fourteen survivors of the Bosnian Genocide. Through their individual narratives, the book forges personal connections with the reader, ensuring that “never forget” and “never again” are more than just catchphrases. This moving book and these stories assure that remembrance and prevention live in the hearts of all those who encounter these harrowing descriptions of trauma and resilience. 

Join us for a panel discussion of Voices from Srebrenica with its authors, Ann Petrila and Hasan Hasanović, as well as Emir Suljagić, Director of the Srebrenica Memorial Center. They will be joined by Jessica Hulten, Education Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center; Ida Sefer, President, Bosnian-American Genocide Institute Chicago; and David Pettigrew, Professor, Southern Connecticut State University, and Board Member, Bosnian-American Genocide Institute. Following the discussion, we will open the floor for live questions from the audience.  

Click here to buy Voices from Srebrenica from our online shop.

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

 

 

 

***RBG EXHIBITION AND ALL EXHIBIT-RELATED PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED BY…***
Ballot Ready; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; The Decalogue Society of Lawyers; DePaul University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department at Lake Forest College; Illinois State Bar Association; In Her Shoes Foundation; International Women’s Forum – Chicago Chapter; Jewish Judges Association of Illinois; League of Women Voters Chicago; Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago; Mujeres Latinas en Acción; UIC John Marshall Law School; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University; Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Roosevelt University; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago

 

***MANDELA EXHIBITION AND ALL EXHIBIT RELATED PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED BY…***

Bluhm Legal Clinic – Center on Wrongful Convictions; Chicago Cultural Alliance; Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore; Heartland Alliance; Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA); Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst University; The Peace Exchange Program of Holy Family Ministries; Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Institute and Network

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