This week’s PopUp Exhibition falls on March 8th, International Women’s Day. In solidarity with a national protest making March 8th “A Day Without a Woman,” Dr. Rachel Deblinger will turn her presentation into a teach-in about the role of museums and archives as places of resistance, focusing on Holocaust testimony, memory and oral history.
Rachel Deblinger is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UC Santa Cruz University Library. Dr. Deblinger received a PhD in History from UCLA, with a dissertation titled ‘In a world still trembling’: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953). This work revealed how American Jews first came to know stories about Holocaust survivors through the efforts of American Jewish communal organizations in the postwar period.
Her research broadly addresses the transmission of knowledge about the Holocaust, the immediate post-Holocaust moment, and the changes in technology that allow survivor narratives to be collected, preserved and viewed. She also created Memories/Motifs, an online exhibition that traces the stories of three Holocaust survivors, connecting postwar memory to contemporary memory and memorial culture.
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students, visiting artists and other notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and one object at a time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close.
Bring your own lunch, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and take part in an exciting learning program, free and open to the public. Close-up view of collections included.
February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26
No lecture on April 12 (Passover)