Making Global Connections

Spring 2023 Virtual Programs

All events are free and open to the public but registration is required.
They are also being recorded so be sure to check back for the viewing links.

Human Rights and the Museum Series
View from Gold Mountain: Commemorating Asian American Civil Rights Through Monuments
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 2:00pm EST
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Located outside of the Bernalillo County Courthouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico stands View from Gold Mountain, a monument commemorating Territory of N.M. vs. Yee Hun, the 1883 lawsuit that brought about a change in the law allowing Chinese people, and then later non-Christians, to testify in court. Artists Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong will discuss the making of this monument and its significance as a landmark court case enshrining civil rights for Asian Americans.


KHC-NEH Lecture
Deconstructing Atrocity Imagery: A Conversation with Dr. Wendy Lower
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 12:00pm EST
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In her latest book, The Ravine: A Family: A Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, Dr. Wendy Lower, Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, observes that in the aftermath of World War II, “Eisenhower ordered that visual evidence be collected to guard against forgetting and disbelief. In this lecture, Dr. Lower shares her investigation of a single photograph—a rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of a family’s murder in Ukraine. Through years of forensic and archival research, Lower sought to uncover the identities of the photographed and in the process recovered new details about the Nazis’ open-air massacres in eastern Europe, the role of the family unit in Nazi ideology, and a rare case of rescue and postwar justice.   


KHC-NEH Workshop
Teaching The Beauty in Breaking: A Workshop for Educators
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 2:00pm EST
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Join Queensborough Community College (QCC) professors Dr. Angela Ridinger-Dotterman and Dr. Ilse Schrynemakers as they share pedagogical strategies for integrating the KHC’s Nazi Concentration Camps virtual and in-person exhibition into the teaching of this year’s QCC Common Read text, The Beauty in Breaking by Dr. Michelle Harper. Harper, an ER surgeon, shares her memories from inside the emergency room and her own spiritual journey towards healing from trauma. All college faculty and staff are invited to attend and learn ways to bring even the smallest parts of this memoir into the post-pandemic college classroom. 


KHC-NEH Lecture
Surviving the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Sohaila Kakar’s Refugee Journey
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 12:00pm EST
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In Afghanistan, Sohaila Kakar was a practicing surgeon; then, in 2021, the Taliban took over the country. Join us as Sohaila discusses life before and after the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan–and the physical, economic, and psychological toll it had upon her family as they fled. Her story also highlights the compassionate work done by Upwardly Global, the non-profit agency that provided guidance to Sohaila’s family as they settled in the U.S.


KHC-NEH Lecture
Dramatic Engagement: The Arts and Holocaust Education
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 12:00pm EDT
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Join Dr. Janet Rubin, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, and Speech at Eastern Florida State College, as she demonstrates how the power of theater can be harnessed within the classroom to encourage a deeper understanding of the Holocaust while directly connecting students with survivors. Dr. Rubin will provide methodologies and resources on teaching about this tragic historical event through performance.


QCC Common Read Event
The Beauty in Breaking: A Conversation with the Author, Dr. Michele Harper
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 12:00pm EDT
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Join us for a special conversation with Dr. Michele Harper, author of the memoir, The Beauty in Breaking, QCC’s 2023 Common Read text. Harper’s memoir explores trauma, care, and healing as she recounts her experiences of personal trauma and loss, as well as the stories of the individuals she cares for in multiple hospital settings. Mirroring the challenges and diversity of the injuries that Harper treats as a physician, her book engages with a myriad of issues including domestic abuse, mental illness, racial injustice, gun violence, sexual assault, and the brokenness of the medical system. In a time when we continue to endure collective traumas as the result of the pandemic, violence, and racism, Harper’s memoir provides multiple entries for discussing these problems, as well as how to cultivate care and healing as we face them. For more information on QCC’s Spring 2022-23 Common Read text visit:


Holocaust Commemoration/Yom HaShoah 2023
Preserving Jewish History: Exploring Centropa’s Library of Rescued Memories
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6:00pm EDT
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Centropa was founded in Vienna and Budapest in 2000 with the goal of preserving and disseminating Jewish memory before the Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Lauren Granite, Centropa’s Director of Education in North America, will discuss how the organization interviewed over 1,200 elderly Jewish people and digitized over 25,000 privately-held family photographs and personal documents to create thematic websites, multimedia films, traveling exhibitions, educational programs, and illustrated books.


KHC-NEH Lecture
Wartime Cabaret: Remaking Theatre from a Jewish Ghetto
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 12:00pm EDT
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In 2017, two teams of artists from Australia and South Africa reimagined a cabaret created in 1943 by Jewish prisoners in the wartime ghetto at Terezín (Theresienstadt) in Czechoslovakia. Using video from both performances, Dr. Lisa Peschel, Associate Professor in Theatre at the University of York, will show how the artists used the archival traces of the original script to bring Terezín’s past into our present while engaging with deeply felt contemporary concerns.

KHC-NEH Workshop
“Just Like Me:” Embracing Our Common Humanity with Self-Compassion
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:00am EDT
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Join Laura Banks, Certified Compassion Cultivation Training Instructor, for an exploration into how we can bear witness and respond to our own and others’ suffering with increased courage and care. During this workshop, Banks will discuss different strategies and practices for translating our healing from personal and collective trauma into positive action.


Special Event
Letters from Anne and Martin: A Performance
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 10:00am & 2:00pm EDT
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This two-person show highlights the parallels between the lives of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the direct words from Anne’s diary and MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After the performance, the actors and an educator from the Anne Frank Center will engage with the audience about the parallels they see between the two figures and their moments in history, and how we can learn from their example to combat intolerance today.

Holocaust Speaker Series
Every Wednesday at 11:00am EST
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The Holocaust Speaker Series features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. This series is organized by the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center. It is generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.