Making Global Connections

We host a range of programs about Holocaust memory and its ongoing impact across, as well as relevancy to, societies around the world through annual commemorations, special events, our NEH colloquia series, and lectures about our originally researched exhibitions. Click here for links to our recorded events.

Spring 2021 Virtual Events

All events are free but registration is required.
The events are also being recorded so be sure to check back for access to the viewing links.

A Prisoner’s Voice: Poetry of Psychological Resistance
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT

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Farewell, Auschwitz provides a glimpse into prisoner life in one of the darkest chapters of human history, and brings to life the power of music and poetry to bring light to despair. Krystyna Zywulska was a Polish political prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1943 to her escape in 1945. While imprisoned, Zywulska wrote lyrics and set them to familiar folk, classical, and popular tunes from the period, and prisoners performed the resulting songs and shared the words as a means of coping with the horrors of the camp. Before imprisonment, Zywulska had not written a single song; Nazi oppression appears to have inspired her creative blossoming.

Farewell, Auschwitz: Music by Jake Heggie; Text from poetry of Krystyna Zywulska, written at Auschwitz, 1943-1945; Jennifer Gliere, soprano, Roz Woll, mezzo-soprano, Steven Dahlke, baritone, Mirna Lekić, piano.

This event is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization.” This event is co-sponsored by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

Peacebuilding Through Awareness & Improvisation, Part 2
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:30am to 12:00pm EDT

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This program is a celebration of a participatory action research methodology known as Social Presencing Theater (SPT), a body-based approach for sensing and enacting change. Because SPT is practiced in community, it positions our relational spaces, and the distinct cultures that emerge from them, as worthy of reflection and development. The “theater” in SPT refers to a shared place where something of significance is made visible. Attendees will learn about a workshop on “empathy to action” which CUNY students developed in partnership with the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in 2019. Facilitators are members of QCC’s student and alumni practice group, including Arawana Hayashi, creator of Social Presencing Theater; Uri Noy Meir, an artist-facilitator co-creating social art across borders; Manish Srivastava, a global facilitator whose projects include partnering with UN agencies and NGO sectors; and CUNY-QCC Faculty members: Heather Huggins, advanced practitioner of SPT and Assistant Professor of Theatre, and Aviva Geismar, Associate Professor of Dance. This event is co-sponsored by Transformative Learning in the Humanities at the City University of New York (CUNY); the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center; the CUNY-QCC Mindfulness Club and Office of Student Activities“Thrive Series”; and the CUNY-QCC Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

QCC Spring 2021 Undergraduate Research Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
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Zoom Meeting ID: 980 7232 0593
Passcode: TNS455

QCC’s Undergraduate Research (UR) Brown Bag Lunches are informal gatherings where faculty discuss their UR projects and ideas. First, Dr. Franca Ferrari, Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, will discuss the benefits of integrating the topic of genocide into a public speaking course. Then, Dr. Ilse Schrynemakers, Assistant Professor of English, will share strategies for guiding the honors contract project, Takei’s Memoir on Japanese Internment & the KHC’s Concentration Camp Exhibit, from its early stages to the student’s final presentation at the QCC Research Symposium.

Intergenerational Trauma, Memory, and Stories Carried Forward
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm EDT
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How is trauma transmitted across generations and how do descendants of Holocaust survivors and other atrocities remember these events? Join Dr. Marianne Hirsch for a discussion about intergenerational trauma and memory. Dr. Hirsch coined the term “postmemory” to describe how descendants of Holocaust survivors experienced the trauma of their forebears. Using the lenses of visual culture and gender, Dr. Hirsch will reveal how intergenerational trauma plays a role in the stories and memories that are carried forward and remembered. Dr. Hirsch is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. This event is hosted by the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati and is presented in partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota; the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College; Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati; the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage; and the Taft Health Humanities Research Group.

Virtual Conference: Liberation 75
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 through Sunday, May 9, 2021
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Liberation75 is a not-for-profit event dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust. We mark this important anniversary by remembering the victims, honoring the survivors, showcasing the future of Holocaust education and remembrance, reflecting on antisemitism in the world, celebrating the role of the liberators and committing to protecting freedom, diversity, human rights and inclusion. With more than 200+ Participating Organizations, Liberation75 features the very best speakers, films, performances, exhibits, tours and more from around the world. Explore testimony and technology, meet the thought leaders, have discussions with your peers and spend time interacting with Holocaust survivors. The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center is pleased to be one of Liberation75’s Participating Organizations.