Events in the Region

Please view the information below to learn more about upcoming events in the region. Please click on the title to learn more about a particular event. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Philadelphia Benefit Dinner
Title: “2017 Philadelphia Dinner: Benefit Event
Organizer: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Date &  Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 6:30pm reception, 7:30pm dinner
Cost: $250 per ticket
Location:
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For more information or to sponsor: click here

Work of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and their steadfast dedication to global action and international response will be featured.

Attendees will hear from Naomi Kikoler, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and deputy director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center, and Mouaz Moustafa. He is an eyewitness to the conflict in Syria and the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and political director of United for a Free Syria. Their accounts prompt us to consider our obligation to those threatened by mass atrocities today.

For questions, please contact Courtney Campbell at 202-314-7877 or by email at ccampbell@ushmm.org


Forum Event
Title: “The International Forum on One Korea 2017: Solutions to the Korea Peninsula Crisis
Organizers: Global Peace Foundation, and EastWest Institute, Action for Korea United, and One Korea Foundation

Date, Time, Location:
Tuesday, November 14: International Policy & Civil Society: Leadership Toward Peaceful Korean Unification
Kennedy Caucus Room
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, Washington DC
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
November 15: Unification and the Post-Cold War Era Framework
Pavilion
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
For more information or to register: click here

Join Global Peace Foundation and co-conveners EastWest Institute, Action for Korea United, and One Korea Foundation for a forum featuring a series of panels by leaders in government, policy, and civil society.

This event will examine the essential elements of a Korean-led process for the reunification of the Korean peninsula, including multi-sector participation and citizen engagement. Strategies for building global support for this process will also be considered.

Hear from global experts on:
-International Policy & Civil Society: Leadership Toward Peaceful Korean Unification
-Unification and the Post-Cold War Era Framework

For more information and to see the full list of speakers, visit 1dream1korea.info.


Lecture Event at Rowan University
Title: “’Secret Window Seminar: Perspectives on the Holocaust’ series”
Organizer: Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Date &  Time:
Monday, November 20 Discussion: Behind the Secret Window (held in CSC Room 221 A),
11:00am-12:15pm
Monday, December 4 Discussion: Lessons from the Holocaust, 11:00am-12:15pm
Cost: Free & open to public
Location:
Rowan University
Chamberlain Student Center 144A
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
For more information: click here

The ‘Secret Window Seminar: Perspectives on the Holocaust’ series in the fall 2017 semester will feature Dr. Nelly Toll, a child survivor of the Holocaust. Adapted from Dr. Toll’s book Behind the Secret Window, each seminar will address a different aspect of her varied experiences, with ample opportunity for seminar participants to ask questions and participate in focused but wide-ranging discussions.

Questions? Please contact Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies co-coordinators Jennifer Rich (richj@rowan.edu) or Stephen Hague (hague@rowan.edu).

Workshop Event
Title: “Contemporary Antisemitism: Is American Democracy at Risk?
Organizer: Facing History and Ourselves

Date &  Time: Wednesday, December 6 | 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location:
St. James School
3217 West Clearfield Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19132
United States
For more information: click here

This past summer in Charlottesville, neo-Nazis marched with torches chanting “Jews will not replace us.” Before the weekend was over, a woman, standing up for American values, was murdered and a community was deeply injured.  Is this America?

Join us for a dinner workshop as we explore democratic values through the lens of the state of antisemitism today. The workshop will raise questions and provide classroom usable texts to explore events that expose the continuing vitality of this 2,000 year-old hatred.  We will consider what it means for our country and discuss how to bring this topic to our classrooms.

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

  • Get support for teaching lessons on antisemitism in your classroom

Dinner will be provided.


Past Events

Film Screening
Title: “REDEMPTION BLUES Invitational Screening
Organizer: Primo Levi Center

Date &  Time: Thursday, November 5th at 12 noon
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location:
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: click here

A life-time after the Shoah:

Forgetting is not an option and memory only goes so far.

Prayers are not enough, but music keeps us going.

It’s not too late to mourn,

And not too soon to replenish.

In the film shot in New York, Vienna, Oswiecim and Bethlehem, the director engages with several outspoken survivors whose lives were shaped by their experiences more than 70 years ago. Their ways of rising above the despair and loss from that disaster frames the emotional landscape that holds some of the deep questions the world is left with today. In the end, we take solace in small moments of homecoming and repair.


Lecture Event with Rwanda Genocide Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza
Call for Proposals
Title: “ Public Health, Mental Health, & Mass Atrocity Prevention
A joint project of the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR)

Papers due: Monday, October 16, 2017
For more information: click here

The focus of this joint project is on the role of public and mental health in mass atrocity prevention (that is, large scale and deliberate attacks on civilians, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide). This multi-year initiative will begin to build a body of knowledge, culminating in an edited volume, on how public and mental health policies and practices (that is, actions meant to protect and promote the health of entire societies, and that employ multidisciplinary interventions to address the underlying causes of health and disease) can aid in lowering recidivism of past abuses and the prevention of mass atrocity.

Submitters of accepted abstracts will be invited to an onsite workshop at Cardozo Law Institute in New York City in the Spring of 2018.  

Preliminary Conference Program in Cincinnati 
Title: “Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums
Organizer: ICOM’s Architecture Committee & International Committee of Memorial Museums (ICOM) in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes

Date &  Time: Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 PM
Location: Various locations
Cost: $250 full conference fee for members of ICOM
$350 full conference fee for non-members
$100 daily for members for members of ICOM
$150 daily for non-members

What is included:
• Four days of conference
• All Receptions, Lunches and Coffee Breaks
• Transportation to conference sites
What is not included:
• Accommodations
• Transport from airport to hotel

Only ICMEMO members applying for a grant can register without payment at this time. In order to be considered for a grant, you must register, fill in the Grant Application Form (http://bit.ly/2wNkAJr) and e-mail the completed form to MoorsM@kreis-paderborn.de. Deadline for grant applications is September 5th. You will be contacted before September 15th.

For the program: click here
To register: click here
Join ICOM: click here

At Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums, scholars and politicians will debate the most compelling and explosive memorial issues facing America today. One of the most exciting sessions will surely be the timely “Memory and the Confederacy: America Confronts its History of Slavery,” to be held in the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The rich program will include keynote speeches by ICOM President Suay Aksoy of Turkey; Sara Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum, who is working with the Cincinnati Holocaust and Humanity Center to reimagine its Holocaust museum as part of the historic Union Terminal, the largest cultural institution in the city.

Tours will take conference participants to numerous cultural institutions in Cincinnati, including a hard- hat tour of the Cincinnati Museum Center, currently undergoing a $200 million renovation, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and elsewhere.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to interact with museum colleagues from all over the world. Participants will come from many countries of Europe, as well as from Mexico, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, and numerous other countries.
Public Program
Title: “To Protect and Serve? Dilemmas in Law Enforcement”
Organizer: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Speaker: Marcus Appelbaum, Director, Law, Justice, and Society Initiatives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Speaker: Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department and  former Chief, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

Date &  Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 |  7:00pm
Cost: Free
Location:
University of Pennsylvania
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For more information: click here

Law enforcement personnel are called upon to protect and defend democratic values while helping to keep the peace in communities around the world. As the Nazi Party implemented its campaign of hate and violence against Jews, police and military helped enforce laws that violated the ideals of service and protection.

The Museum invites law enforcement personnel to participate in programming to examine the roles played by their historical counterparts in Nazi Germany—including those who cooperated and those who did not. Join us for a discussion with today’s law enforcement leaders to learn how Holocaust history is helping new recruits and veteran officers better understand their own professional and individual responsibilities.

For questions, please contact registration assistance at 202.460.0460 or by email at calendar@ushmm.org 

Lecture Event
Title: “Holocaust in the USSR: A Forgotten Story Asking to Be Told with Izabella Tabarovsky
Organizer: Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue

Date &  Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 7:15 PM EDT – 9:30 PM
Cost: Free; must register
Location:
Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue
600 Jonquil Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
For more information or to register: click here

On the eve of the anniversary of Babi Yar, we will look at what happened to 2.8 million Soviet Jews nearly two years before Auschwitz crematoria went into full gear, why that part of the Shoah was forgotten, and why it is so important today to remember and reintegrate it into our collective memory.  A dessert reception will follow. Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Jewish Studies and Ohev Sholom.

Izabella Tabarovsky is Senior Program Associate with the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. Her research focuses on the politics of historical memory in the post-Soviet space. She previously worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and private consultancies.

Online Learning Session
Title: “Faith-Based Organizations and Gender-Based Violence: What Is Their Role and What Are the Lessons?
Organizer: Population Reference Bureau

Date &  Time: Monday, September 25, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
For more information or to register: click here 

Join PBO for a fascinating discussion on the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV). Topics include: Promising practices and evidence-based interventions that FBOs utilize to prevent and/or respond to GBV; Programmatic tools and resources FBOs have developed and used successfully to prevent and/or respond to GBV; and existing opportunities to scale up FBO-led interventions.

Panelists will explore these questions as well as data and reflections from two large-scale faith-based programs:

  • Jean Duff of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Setting the Stage;
  • Prabu Deepan of Tearfund, ”Transforming Masculinities: A Faith-based Approach to GBV Prevention”;
  • Mary Linehan of IMA World Health, “UshindiProviding Services to Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the DRC: Addressing More than Physical Trauma”;
  • Lynn Lawry of Overseas Strategic Consulting, “An Impact and Baseline Survey of Ushindi.”

If you are located outside of DC please register here to follow along on-line.
Title: “Immaculee Ilibagiza: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness
Speaker: Rebecca Erbelding, Archivist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lecture Event

Date &  Time: Friday, July 21, 2017 | 7:00pm
Cost: $15
Location:
St. Mary of the Pines Church
100 Bishop Lane
Manahawkin, NJ 08050 http://www.stmarybarnegat.com

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza will share her experiences during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Please send a stamped self-addressed return envelope, along with a check for $15 payable to St. Mary’s, to Carole Gordon, 225 Privateer Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.   Call Carole Gordon 609-698-3664 or Grace Gerhauser 609-698-1811 if you have any questions.

This event is sponsored by St. Mary of the Pines Church in Manahawkin, NJ.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Title: “Americans’ Responses to Jewish Refugees: Wrestling with Fear and Moral Responsibility
Speaker: Rebecca Erbelding, Archivist, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Lecture Event

Date &  Time: Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 7:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Registration link: Click here
Location:
Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El
1001 Remington Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Xenophobia, antisemitism, economic insecurity, and restrictive immigration laws. These were the barriers Jewish refugees faced in the 1930–40s when seeking safe haven in the United States. More than 70 years later, how can this history help us think about the world we live in today? 

This event is co-presented with Template Beth Hillel-Beth El.For questions, please contact Registration Assistance at calendar@ushmm.org or call 202-460-0460

Genocide Remembrance Event | Times Square in New York
Title: “Remembering the Armenian Genocide
Hosted by the Knights of Vartan and the Daughters of Vartan
Remembrance Event

Date &  Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location:
Times Square
43rd St. & Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10036

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm, thousands of devoted Armenian-Americans and their friends and supporters will gather in Times Square (43rd St. & Broadway) to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th Century, The Armenian Genocide (Medz Yeghern).

This historic event will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were annihilated by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire and to the millions of victims of subsequent genocides worldwide. Speakers will include civic, religious, humanitarian, educational, cultural leaders, and performing artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Free bus transportation to and from Times Square is included. For more information, call Sam Melkonian at 516.352.2587 Brooklyn, NY (corner of Coney Island Ave. and Brighton Beach Ave.) call Tigran Sahakyan at 347.291.7765 New Jersey Armenian Churches call Leo Manuelian at 917.418.3940 (cell) or 201.746.0409 (home)

For more information, please click here.

Genocide Remembrance Event | Philadelphia, PA
Title: “Remembering the Past, Building the Future
Speaker: Aram Hamparian, Armenian National Committee Executive Director
Remembrance Event

Date &  Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location:
St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
8701 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128

This event will also feature Allan Arpajiab and Susan Arpajian Jolley, authors of the 2016 book Out of My Greet Sorrows as well as a performance by the Armenian Sisters Academy.

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