“This exhibit explores the deep relationships that formed between two disenfranchised groups that each experienced racism firsthand — Jews fleeing Nazi Europe and African-Americans in the South living during Jim Crow,” said Christine Rupp, executive director of the Coral Gables Museum. “The exhibit and its surrounding activities and programs will give the South Florida community an opportunity to learn about these remarkable teachers and students and how they reacted to the discrimination they faced.”
FIU has created a series of panels, screenings, lectures, and other events, including a panel discussion on Sunday, October 19 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, titled From Swastika to Jim Crow: Lessons and Legacies at the Coral Gables Museum. Moderated by Dr. Michael P. Gillespie (Professor of English and Director of the Center for Humanitities in An Urban Environment), this panel will examine the evolution in American thinking about race based on the experiences highlighted in the exhibit. Panelists include Dr. Alan Berger(Raddock Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University), Dr. Guy Stern (Director, Institute of Altruism. Holocaust Museum in Detroit and Provost (emeritus) Wayne State University), Ms. Jaqueline E. Lawton (Playwright, author of Hampton Years), and Dr. Tometro Hopkins (Director of the Linguistics Program, Florida International University). This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. Click here or see the flyer below to learn more:.