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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center hosts approximately 40 programs annually. These sessions cover a wide range of topic areas, including the Holocaust, genocide, and contemporary social justice issues. Our diverse offerings include panel discussions, lectures, live performances, films, and more. Lessons learned from these events create the bridge between local and global, challenging us to consider injustices both far off and close to home. Most programs and events are free with Museum admission or membership.

Many of our past programs can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Oct
17
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Exhibition Opening Program: Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

In the summer of 1969, a six-day clash between police and LGBTQ+ civilians ignited, sparking the rise of the gay liberation movement and fun...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: On-Site : Museum Admission | Virtual: $5.00

3:30pm CST

Members: Free

Oct
19
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“One Museum, One Book” Book Club: “Giovanni’s Room”

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin’s classic narrative, explores the hidden life of David, an American expatriate i...
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Virtual

Non-Members: Free

7:00pm CST

Members: Free

Oct
21
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In Search of a Jewish Story in China

The “Jewish story” is traditionally considered to be an “endless chain of persecutions, from century to century, from coun...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: On-Site : Museum Admission | Virtual: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

Nov
4
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Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: LGBTQ+ Representation in the Media

While the last two decades of popular media have been a catalyst for growth within the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to differentiate pr...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: On-Site: General Admission | Virtual: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: On-Site & Virtual: Free

Nov
9
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Ellen V. & Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series: Kristallnacht Commemoration

On the evening of November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a horrific assault of devastating pogroms that marked the beginning of the Holocaust...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: Free

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

Nov
11
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Virtual Lunch and Learn – Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust: Virtual Tour

Join us for a virtual docent-led experience of our newest thematic tour by veteran Museum guides Miki Jona Schreiber and Laurie Hasten as we...
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Virtual

Non-Members: Free

12:00pm CST

Members: Free

Nov
16
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“One Museum, One Book” Book Club: “Train”

Over ten days in 1943 Berlin, six teenagers witness and try to escape the Nazi round-ups. Train, authored by Danny M. Cohen,&...
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Virtual

Non-Members: Free

7:00pm CST

Members: Free

Nov
16
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Virtual Lunch & Learn: Jewish Victims and Fighters During the Holocaust in the East

Spurred by a lack of knowledge about his grandparents, who emigrated as children from Latvia and Belarus, Eric Benjaminson will sh...
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Virtual

Non-Members: Free

12:00pm CST

Members: Free

Nov
18
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Book & Author: “The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France”

A fresh account of the great Jewish families of France and their art collections, author James McAuley’s latest book, The House ...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: On-Site : Museum Admission | Virtual: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

Dec
2
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Virtual Book & Author: “Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend”

A true “rags to riches” story, Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant ...
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Virtual

Non-Members: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

Dec
7
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Book & Author: “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II”

After years of extensive research, interviews, and declassifying top-secret files, author and professor Leah Garrett uncovered a remarkable ...
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On-Site & Virtual

Non-Members: On-Site : Museum Admission | Virtual: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

Dec
16
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Virtual Panel: Beyond Borders: LGBTQ Refugees, Immigrants and Human Rights Today

LGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees have unique experiences, routinely facing discrimination, persecution, and violence due to their identities. ...
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Virtual

Non-Members: $5.00

6:30pm CST

Members: Free

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