2020 Holocaust Memorial Lecture: Legacies of Violence and Genocide

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 5:00 pm
  • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Legacies of Violence and Genocide: Can Memorials and Museums Help Us Build a Better Future?


National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama. Photo by DiAnna Paulk/Shutterstock

Can memory prevent injustice and violence? Panelists of this virtual roundtable will discuss the role of museums and memorials in building the bridge between history, understanding, empathy, and action. In recent years, questions about the representation of history in public spaces have become more pressing than ever. The legacies of the Holocaust, colonial violence, and racist exploitation are at the center of resulting debates and actions that range from redesigning commemorative and exhibition spaces to toppling monuments. Can museums and memorials fulfill the tasks of remembrance, reconciliation, and prevention that genocidal and other instances of mass violence pose? The roundtable takes the history of the Holocaust as a starting point for a conversation on the capacity of public portrayals of complex histories of violence to shape a more just future.

Panelists: Avril Alba, PhD, (Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney); Zahava D. Doering, PhD, (Curator: The Museum Journal); David Cunningham, PhD, (Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis).

Moderator: Erin McGlothlin, PhD, Chair of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

To view the event flyer please visit: WashU Holocaust Memorial Lecture 2020

For more information: https://sites.wustl.edu/holocaust/upcoming-speakers/

To register for this virtual event: https://wustl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_httkS521SkmWe-51Sn7veA

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