Events

Making Global Connections


Spring 2024 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 – Virtual
Identity in Context: Building the American LGBTQ+ Museum
Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2:00pm EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/5drpt5f9

In a time when students and museum professionals are questioning the structures and even the founding principles of older museums and cultural institutions, this program looks at the more recent creation of the American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City. Featuring Ben Garcia, the Museum’s Executive Director and Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Director of Public Programs & Partnership.

This event is part of the 2023-24 Human Rights and the Museum Series, a collaboration between the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and the Museum and Gallery Studies Program in the Art and Design Department at Queensborough Community College (QCC). 

KHC & QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA Consortium Partnership – Virtual
Outlawing Homosexuality in Nazi Germany: Reflections on the film, “BENT”
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 11:30am EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/y3hnmbf7

During the Holocaust, homosexual men imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps were required to wear inverted pink triangle badges on their uniforms, a symbol that was later reclaimed as an emblem of Gay Pride. Join Dr. Jake Newsome, Scholar and Author of Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust, and Dr. Kerry Whigham, Assistant Professor of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University and Co-Director of its Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, for a conversation about “BENT,” the 1979 play subsequently adapted for the big screen, which explores the persecution of Queer men in Nazi Germany, during and after the Night of Long Knives in 1934.

This event is part of a special collaboration between the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and the QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium in a semester-long project entitled “Performance as Prevention.” 

KHC-NEH Lecture – Virtual 
Paragraph 175: The Contemporary Impact of Nazi-era Homophobia and Persecution
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 12:00pm EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/3bhejrkb

Paragraph 175 was an 1871 German statute criminalizing sexual relations between men. Predating the Nazi regime, it was revised in 1935 allowing the Nazis to persecute larger numbers of men more aggressively. Join Dr. Jake Newsome, Scholar and Author of Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust, for a discussion about Paragraph 175’s significance, other Nazi-era attacks against the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as how this history is reflected in contemporary anti-transgender legislation.

This event is part of the 2023-24 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Weaponizing the Past: Art, History and the Rhetoric of National Greatness.” 

KHC, QPAC & QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA Consortium Partnership – In Person
Letters from Anne and Martin: Live Performance
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 2:30pm EDT at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC)
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/bdd99xnd

Letters from Anne and Martin, a two-person short play, highlights the lives of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the direct words from Anne’s diary and Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Following the performance, the actors and an educator from the Anne Frank Center will engage with the audience about the parallels between the two figures and their moments in history, as well as how we can learn from Anne and Dr. King to combat intolerance today.

This event is part of a special collaboration between the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and the QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium in a semester-long project entitled “Performance as Prevention.” This performance is presented by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC).

KHC & QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA Consortium Partnership – Virtual
Performance as Witness: Recognizing the Rhetoric that Leads to Violence
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 11:00am EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/5bjt5sw8

Join Dr. Alexander Hinton, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention at Rutgers University, for a discussion about how the rise of political extremism and hate speech contributes to a growing atmosphere of insecurity and dehumanization in our society. Dr. Hinton will also reflect upon how the plays, “Julio Ain’t Goin Down Like That” and “Letters from Anne and Martin,” as well as the film, “BENT,” use performance to come to terms with antisemitism, transphobia, and racism.

This event is part of a special collaboration between the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and the QCC-CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium in a semester-long project entitled “Performance as Prevention.”

KHC-NEH Lecture – Virtual 
Genetic Discrimination: Exploring the Echoes between Nazi and American Eugenic Histories
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 12:00pm EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/35bzw8u5

When Adolf Hitler established the involuntary euthanasia program in 1939 codenamed Aktion T4, he empowered medical personnel throughout the Third Reich to sterilize and kill those deemed “unworthy of life.” Join Tiarra Maznick, Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Associate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, for a brief overview of the Nazi sterilization and euthanasia programs, and how these histories have functioned in/from American medical and political discourses.

This event is part of the 2023-24 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Weaponizing the Past: Art, History and the Rhetoric of National Greatness.” 

KHC-NEH Workshop – Virtual
Pedagogical Strategies: Making History Visible in the Classroom
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 2:00pm EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/yc3p5cv9

Join us for a workshop on pedagogical strategies that instructors can use in the community college classroom to make the past visible in the present through creative expression. Featuring Queensborough Community College-CUNY faculty Nicole McClam of Dance and Alison Cimino of English.

This event is part of the 2023-24 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Weaponizing the Past: Art, History and the Rhetoric of National Greatness.” 

Holocaust Memory/Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration– Virtual
Nathan Hilu: Art as Memory After the Holocaust
Monday, May 6, 2024 at 6:00pm EDT
Click here to Register: http://tinyurl.com/4yev3cxd

For 70 years, Nathan Hilu was unable to stop drawing, flooded with memories from the days when the US military assigned him to guard top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, keeping them from committing suicide before their verdict was announced. Born to a Syrian Jewish family that immigrated to the States, Hilu remembered with vivid clarity the encounters that changed his life, but what really happened in Nuremberg? Did his vivid memories deceive him? To commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, join “Nathan-ism” documentary director Elan Golod, for a discussion of the film and reflections on art as memory.