Monday 1/25 at 11am -- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives
Join panelists Lenny Hayes, and Jessica Smith in a conversation on how Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ people are often forgotten in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn movement, moderated by Miss Florida Seminole, Dante Blais-Billie. Together the panelists will connect the historic genocide of Indigenous people to present-day violence experienced by Indigenous communities.
Jessica Smith (Gidagaakoons) is a proud Two-Spirit member of the Bois Forte Band of The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She is a survivor leader and researcher.
Lenny Hayes, MA, is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the
northeast corner of South Dakota. Lenny specializes in the issues that impact both the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individuals and community.
Co-sponsored by LGBTQA Initiatives, Global Indigenous Forum, CWGS, and Honors College.
Monday 1/25 at 7pm -- Fig Tree: Film Discussion
In this iteration of Black Lives in a Jewish Context, join Dr. Tudor Parfitt in conversation with Dr. Yonas Mulat for a post-film discussion around Fig Tree.
Set during the Ethiopian civil war, Fig Tree tells the story of a Jewish teenager who hatches a scheme to keep her Christian boyfriend from being drafted, as she and her family prepare to flee the country and go to Israel.
The film will be available for independent viewing from January 18-25, 2021. Please register at the link to receive access to both the film screening link and the Zoom discussion link.
This program is presented in partnership with Hillel at FIU, the Global Jewish
Studies Program and Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at FIU, the Miami Jewish Film Festival, and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs as part of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week 2021.
Tuesday 1/26 at 11am -- @Eva.Stories
With 1.1 million followers, @Eva.Stories is a high-budget visual depiction of the diary of Eva Heyman – a 13-year-old Hungarian who chronicled the 1944 German invasion of Hungary – but features hashtags, internet lingo, and emojis used by a 21st century-teenager.
Its creators, Mati Kochavi, an Israeli hi-tech entrepreneur, who is from a family of Holocaust victims and survivors, and his daughter, Maya, produced the short videos to refresh what they see as fading memories of the genocide. Join @Eva.Stories creator Maya Kochavi, as she discusses the use of social media to tell the history of the Holocaust.
Tuesday 1/26 at 5pm -- On the Avenue: HGAW
FIU's three SoBe arts outposts come together again for a special program as part of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week. In this edition of the informative series hosted by The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Jewish Museum of Florida, we're focusing on exhibitions and collection items honoring the memory of those lost to the Holocaust, and the resilience of the Jewish community. Presentations will survey works in celebrated museum exhibitions including wooden Polish synagogue models and the graphic oeuvre of Austrian designer Julius Klinger, as well as an intimate performance by violist Michael Klotz.
Co-sponsored by JMOF, MBUS, and The Wolf.
Wednesday 1/27 at 10am -- 6th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
FIU’s Annual Ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, introduced by President Mark B. Rosenberg. This year’s virtual event features keynote speaker Mrs. Suly Chenkin, a child survivor who was smuggled out of the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania at the age of three in a potato sack and was reunited with her parents, who also survived, in Cuba. Now living in Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Chenkin speaks widely to school and community groups about the Holocaust, raising awareness and sharing her first-person experience of war and loss, survival and refuge.
Co-sponsored by the Levine JCC Butterfly Project (Charlotte, NC), FIU Office of the President, CasaCuba, local clergy and JCCs.
Wednesday 1/27 at 7pm -- We Bear Witness: Poetry and the Holocaust
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, We Bear Witness features poets Geoffrey Philp, Joy Ladin, and William Heyen for an evening of readings and conversation.
William Heyen is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at the College at Brockport and has won NEA, Guggenheim, American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, Pushcart, and many other fellowships and awards. Heyen’s masterpiece Shoah Train (Etruscan Press) was a Finalist for the National Book Award; and he has received wide acclaim for The Candle: Poems of Our 20th-Century Holocausts.
Joy Ladin is the author of nine poetry collections and she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. A nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity, Ladin is a sought after speaker/activist, and has been featured on several NPR programs, including "On Being with Krista Tippett." She will be reading The Book of Anna, which comes out in March 2021.
Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican Poet who lives in Miami, and is the author of six poetry collections. Discovering that his maternal grandmother was Jewish, he has been working with the new Voices Project, which focuses on the moral lessons of the Holocaust; his poem “Flying African,” has become part of their PSA for a forthcoming book, New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust. Philp will premiere a new set of poems for this reading.
This program is presented in partnership with The Betsy - South Beach.
Thursday 1/28 at 7pm -- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: Film Discussion
Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Judith Kerr, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit tells the story of a Jewish family who flees Berlin on the eve of the election in 1933. They initially settle in Zürich before moving to Paris, and finally, to London.
Join Consul General Andreas Siegel, Barbara Weitz, and Olga Zelzburg for reactions to the film, presented in partnership with the MJFF, the German Consulate and the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series.
The film will be available for independent viewing from Jan 27- Feb 3, 2021.
Friday 1/29 at 5pm - Shabbat of the Living
We are commanded to remember Shabbat and keep it holy. We utter "Never again" and swear to remember the Holocaust and the crimes against humanity. What does it mean to remember? What is the function of remembrance? What is our role and purpose in remembering?
As the week of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness comes to an end, please join the community as it comes together to celebrate life and honor those who could not be with us.
Co-sponsored by Miami’s Leo Martin March of the Living