Events

 

Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) 

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Outdoor Architecture Tour

Thursday, October 29, 11 AM Central Time

The architectural features of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center affirm its place as both monumental and memorial. Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman who created the 65,000-square-foot space which incorporates historical and emotional symbolism as a response to the apocalyptic inhumanity of the Holocaust. 

On this outdoor-only tour, you will explore the exterior features of our Museum, including the Farro Fountain of The Righteous and the Peace Garden. Visitors will explore how architectural spaces influence our emotional responses to remember the past transform the future.  Please come dressed for outdoor weather and the tour will run unless heavy rain or snow. 

Ticket for architecture tour includes entrance to the Museum for those who would like to explore our exhibitions.

Limit of 10 per tour

Free to members

Registration required

 
 

Virtual Program

Lunch & Learn: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World 

 
Thursday, October 29, 12:00 PM Central Time
 
***All Notorious RBG community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***
 

The relationship between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges were the first women to serve on the highest court in the land, transforming the Constitution and America itself, and making our country a more equal place for all women.

Join Linda R. Hirshman, author of the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling book, Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, as she shares revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession — battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman.

The program will be moderated by Judge Ann Claire Williams (ret.), the first and only judge of color to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the third Black woman to serve on any federal circuit court. Judge Ann Claire Williams and Linda R. Hirshman will be introduced by Michael Gray, Executive Committee and Board Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

Sneak Peek & Film Discussion

Secrets of the Great Synagogue of Vilna 

Sunday, November 1, 3:00 PM Central Time

This program is presented by the Vilna Shul and is sponsored by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Old Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, and Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA.  
 
The Great Synagogue of Vilna, the spiritual and physical home of the Lithuanian Jews and one of the oldest and most significant religious & cultural sites of Eastern European Jewry, was ransacked during WWII and destroyed by the Soviets in 1956. An elementary school was built on top of the remains.  
 
Be among the first to see a sneak peek of excerpts from “The Secrets of the Synagogue,” a film that documents the grand religious institution’s uncovering in Vilnius. The screening of selected scenes from the yet-to-be-released film will be followed by a discussion with members of the team that made this discovery possible: US archaeologist Dr. Richard Freund (previous speaker at Illinois Holocaust Museum), Lithuanian Film Project Director Loic Salfati, geoscientist and GPR (ground penetrating radar) expert Dr. Harry Jol, and lead cartographer, Dr. Phil Reeder. 
 
The Vilna Shul will send links to stream the film excerpts to all registrants in advance of the discussion. Please watch these previews before the program. The anticipated premiere date for the full-length film is Spring 2021. 
 
Presented in partnership with: Birmingham Holocaust Education Center; The College of William and Mary; Duquesne University; Christopher Newport University; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Lithuanian Culture Institute; Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York .

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

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

Wednesday, November 4, 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

A WARNING FROM HISTORY?  THE NUREMBERG TRIALS 75 YEARS LATER 

Community Partners: Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Jewish Judges Association; Center for National Security and Human Rights Law at Chicago–Kent College of Law; National WWII Museum; Decalogue Society of Lawyers; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois; Jewish Museum Milwaukee; Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh; 84th Great Lakes Training Division; Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Asian American Bar Association Chicago; Memorium Nuremberg Trials; CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

In the wake of the Holocaust, prosecutors at the 1945 Nuremberg Trials faced a daunting task: seeking justice for an unfathomable crime. Commemorating Nuremberg’s 75th anniversary, join us for a series of thought-provoking programs on the history and legacy of the Trials, its lessons for a world still plagued by genocide, and the challenges we still confront in seeking justice today.   

4.50 Illinois MCLE Professional Responsibility Credits Available. 

Participants must attend the 11/8 and both 11/9 plenaries to receive full CLE credit. Registration Required. $25 per session or $75 total for all three sessions. 

 

Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal education program meeting registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted program fees. To apply please email , the applicant must email Kelley.Szany@ilhmec.org and submit explanation stating why the fee associated with the program causes the lawyer financial hardship.

Fee waivers or discounted program fees will be awarded on a space-available basis, with preference given to applicants in order of date submitted.

 

Sunday November 8, 2 pm Central Time: Opening Keynote 

Monday November 9, 1 pm Central Time: Plenary 1

Monday November 9, 3 pm Central Time: Plenary 2

Monday November 9, 6:30 pm Central Time: Kristallnacht Commemoration

 

Virtual Program:  Opening Keynote 

Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: The Legacy of Nuremberg 

Sunday, November 8, 2:00 PM Central Time

Harvard Law School 300th Anniversary University Professor, and former Dean, Martha Minow is regarded internationally as a leading voice for justice and champion for human rights. Hear from one of our greatest legal minds as she offers a compelling examination of the legacy of Nuremberg, the rule of law, and addresses why seeking justice for mass atrocities like the Holocaust requires balance between vengeance and forgiveness. 

 

 

 

MCLE Credit

Free to public

Reservations required

General public reservations

MCLE Credit Reservations

 

Virtual Program

Plenary One- The Audacity of Justice: Remembering Nuremberg 

Monday, November 9, 1:00 PM Central Time

Convened within months of the end of World War II, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg was a galvanizing event in history, marking a watershed moment in modern law.  The first panel will explore how the Trial attempted to seek justice in the face of the unprecedented crimes planned and implemented by Nazi Germany, the legal and political challenges of the Trial, and their impact on the world today.   

Panelists: 

John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John’s University, Board member & Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center, and biographer of U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Jackson, who served as U.S. Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg.   

Hon. Melissa C. Jackson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Criminal Term, New York County; former Administrative Judge for NYC Criminal Courts and granddaughter of Justice Robert H. Jackson.  

Thomas Weigend, Emeritus Professor, International, Comparative, and German Criminal Law at the University of Cologne.  

Moderator:  John M. Geiringer, Co-Director, Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law), Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Partner, Barack Ferrazzano. 

MCLE Credit

Free to the public

Registration required

General Public Reservations

MCLE Credit Reservations

 

 

Virtual Program

Plenary Two –  Search for Justice: The Prosecutors of Evil  

Monday, November 9, 3:00 PM Central Time

Following the Trial of Major War Criminals, there were 12 additional trials held at Nuremberg. Known as the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials (December 1946 to April 1949), 177 high-ranking physicians, judges, industrialists, S.S. and police commanders, military personnel, civil servants, and diplomats were tried. This panel will discuss the role of key U.S. prosecutors, Bernard Meltzer, Telford Taylor, Ben Ferencz, and Whitney Harris.  Panelists will explore the impact the Trials had, revealing the extent to which the German leadership class supported the Nazi dictatorship and the lasting legal and human rights legacy of these four men today.    

Panelists: 

Benjamin B. FerenczFormer Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial and Chief Prosecutor for the U.S.  in the Einsatzgruppen Case.  

Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law and former Dean, University of Chicago.   

Leila Nadya Sadat, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, Washington University School of Law, Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor.  

ModeratorIan Hurd, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, Northwestern University. Author of How to Do Things with International Law and International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice.    

Closing Keynote – The Nuremberg Principles: Lessons for Today
Anticipated Start at 4:15 pm (CST)
Renowned constitutional law scholar Laurence H. Tribe (Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School) will deliver closing remarks. A member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1968, Tribe is regarded as the most influential figure in American Constitutional history, with the most widely read treatise, having trained a dazzling array of “impactful citizens” from President Barack Obama and Justice Elena Kagan to Chief John Roberts and countless others.

 

MCLE Credit

Reservations required

Free to the public

General Public Reservations

MCLE Credit Reservations

 

ELLEN V. AND PHILIP L. GLASS HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIVE SERIES  

Virtual Kristallnacht Commemoration  

 

Monday, November 9, 6:30 PM Central Time

On the evening of November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a horrific assault of devastating pogroms that marked the beginning of the Holocaust and would eventually become known as Kristallnacht – the “Night of Broken Glass.” Although we cannot gather in-person, we invite you to join us online as we commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with a virtual program of remembrance and reflection.

Generously sponsored by Robert A. Stein, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, Distinguished Global Professor, University of Minnesota Law School.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

“ONE MUSEUM, ONE BOOK” BOOK CLUB: “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom”

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM Central Time

What if our Museum family all read the same book?

In November, the Museum’s “One Museum, One Book” Book Club will read National Jewish Book Award-winning biography Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, by Rabbi Ariel Burger. 

Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage—a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprah’s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said: “I am a teacher first.” 

Wiesel taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, and with this book, Ariel Burger—devoted protégé, apprentice, and friend—transports readers into the sacred space of Wiesel’s classroom. There, Wiesel challenged his students to explore moral complexity and to resist the dangerous lure of absolutes. In bringing together never-before-recounted moments between Wiesel and his students, Witness serves as a moral education in and of itself; a primer on educating against indifference, on the urgency of memory and individual responsibility, and on the role of literature, music, and art in making the world a more compassionate place. 

Free to the public.

Registrations required.

 
 
 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

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

Wednesday, November 18, 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 PROGRAM

THE COLOR OF LAW: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF HOW OUR GOVERNMENT SEGREGATED AMERICA 

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 PM Central Time

Community Partner: ACLU of Illinois; National Public Housing Museum; Chicago State University Department of Criminal Justice, Philosophy & Political Science

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and is responsible for our most severe social and economic problems. De jure segregation ― the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments ― promoted discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Government policy supporting segregation has corrupted our criminal justice system, exacerbated economic inequality, and created large academic gaps between white and Black schoolchildren.  It is only after learning this history that we can be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.  

Join our virtual program with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, and Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as he outlines how residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in the mid-twentieth century. 

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

 

Reservations required

Free to the public

 

 

Virtual Commemoration

Remembering the Holodomor; Commemorating the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine  

Sunday, November 22, 3:00 pm Central Time 

In 1932-33, millions of Ukrainians starved to death in a man-made famine deliberately engineered by Stalinist regime leaders. Known as the Holodomor, the Ukrainian term for “killing by starvation,” the famine is one of the least known yet most horrendous genocides of the 20th century. 

We invite you to join us, in partnership with Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America, for a solemn hour filled with testimony from children of Survivors. The commemoration will feature remarks from Andrea Chalupa, screenwriter for 2019 film Mr. Jones, which chronicles a British investigative journalist as he breaks the news to western media in the early 1930s. Our program will culminate with a call to action to raise awareness about the Holodomor and speak out against those who deny history. 

 

Reservations required

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

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

Wednesday, December 2, 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 Lunch & Learn

Pearl Harbor – The Surprise Military Strike that led the US to War

Thursday, December 3, 12:00 PM Central Time

“The day that will live on in infamy” was the seminal phrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt used in his historic address to describe the Empire of Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in December 1941. Immediately following his speech, the US Congress voted to declare war on Japan. In advance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, hear unique insights about historic details surrounding these infamous events from Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

 

 

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Program

Annual Pfeffer Family Forum: Lessons from Elie Wiesel for Today

Sunday, December 6, 3:00 PM Central Time

Memory, madness, faith, friendship, language — these were the lifelong preoccupations of survivor, witness, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. But Wiesel was also a teacher and writer who left us a treasure trove of tales and moral teachings that we can apply to today’s world.  

Join Rabbi Ariel Burger, a devoted protégé of Professor Wiesel, author of the award-winning book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, artist, activist and scholar, as he shares insights  into some of today’s most complex issues:  As we struggle with renewed questions of racial justice, hatred, power, and polarization – all against the backdrop of a global pandemic – what do Elie Wiesel’s teachings tell us? How can they empower us to not only survive these challenging times, but make moral sense of them? Come and hear from one of Wiesel’s closest students who is carrying on the legacy of his teacher. 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Program

Book & Author: Saving Free Speech… from Itself  with Thane Rosenbaum

Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 PM Central Time

Lately the phrase “freedom of speech has been become a polarizing force used to justify everything from severe attacks on personhood, social media bullying and even criminal behavior. What are the parameters of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech? How might we understand the difference between protected speech and unprotected speech, or whether the government presently has the right to regulate speech at all? Should the alt-right in Charlottesville in 2017 have received the same right to protest as did the neo-Nazis in Skokie back in 1977?   

Join noted essayist, novelist, law professor, and child of Holocaust Survivors, Thane Rosenbaum, as he takes on the cultural lighting rod of free speech. author of the recently published, Saving Free Speech … from Itself, Rosenbaum provocatively confronts the confusions and contradictions around free speech, examining what is at the heart of this pressing 21st century debate. 

 

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

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION TOUR

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

Wednesday, December 16, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

What Can A Hologram Tell You About the Holocaust?

Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take a Stand Center.

WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS (every hour 11 am – 4 pm), with additional screenings WEEKENDS at 10:15 am.

October 1 – 31: Eva Schloss

November 1 – 30: Eva Kor

Free with Museum admission. Reservations are available at the Museum.

 

***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

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