Women and the Holocaust with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Women and the Holocaust with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Description

This seminar explores the ways in which gender affected experiences during the Holocaust and, in particular, explores the legacy of a selection of artists and writers. Through a curated selection of key artistic and intellectual figures linked to Holocaust history, participants will emerge with a deeper awareness of the female voice in connection to the Holocaust.

We will explore the paintings and writings of key figures, such as painter Charlotte Salomon and writers Anne Frank and Ruth Klüger, as well as the representation of women in fictional films, such as the female characters featured in works such as Liliana Cavani's 1974 Night Porter and the 1978 TV mini-series Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss. Moreover, we will think about the role of gender in Holocaust testimony, as shown in works such as Claude Lanzmann's Shoah (1985) and Four Sisters (2018). Finally, we will consider the work of key scholars in understanding the importance of gender in Holocaust history.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art as well as postwar cinema, this interactive seminar will explore the lasting contributions of key women connected with the Holocaust experience itself as well as postwar scholarship on the topic. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels and intellectual explorations, participants will come away with an increased sense of how the female voice has shaped what we know about the Holocaust.

About Your Expert

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

Audience

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Hilary Levine (Fresno, US)
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I saw this class advertised and was surprised it was actually the title of a course I am taking in school, It was a very well put together, in-depth talk about women and the Holocaust and really gave me more insight into the subject matter. It was very enjoyable. Thank you.

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Oliva Espin (San Diego, US)
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Excellent. Valuable information presented in a clear and interesting way. Very warm delivery style.

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Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Very interesting. Good reading suggestions. I ve heard of some of
these woman, but Jennie put it all together for me.

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Marguerite Lee (Larchmont, US)

This course is an amazing entry point into the topic of women and the Holocaust. The scholars, artists, and writers, as well as the topics raised, were presented in an organized and meaningful way - a way which allows each of us to pursue those aspects of the huge and painful topic which appeal to us the most. I am now eager to pursue the work of Charlotte Salomon as well as stories of Ida Fink. Jennie is terrific, smart, honest, and very pleasant to engage with.

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Shannon (Aberdeen, US)
A Wonderful Introduction to Women and Holocaust-related Visual Arts

Dr. Jennie Hirsh provided an insightful introduction to both women's role and their portrayal in Holocaust-related visual arts. Framing the conversation with the works of well-recognized Holocaust scholars, Dr. Hirsh brought to light powerful instances from which women's voices still resonate long after the horrors of the Holocaust, while also questioning moments of misrepresentation of women. Dr. Hirsh gave a very carefully considered presentation, and it was very appreciated and well-received!

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Hilary Levine (Fresno, US)
Perfect Timing

I saw this class advertised and was surprised it was actually the title of a course I am taking in school, It was a very well put together, in-depth talk about women and the Holocaust and really gave me more insight into the subject matter. It was very enjoyable. Thank you.

O
Oliva Espin (San Diego, US)
No title

Excellent. Valuable information presented in a clear and interesting way. Very warm delivery style.

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Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Very interesting. Good reading suggestions. I ve heard of some of
these woman, but Jennie put it all together for me.

M
Marguerite Lee (Larchmont, US)

This course is an amazing entry point into the topic of women and the Holocaust. The scholars, artists, and writers, as well as the topics raised, were presented in an organized and meaningful way - a way which allows each of us to pursue those aspects of the huge and painful topic which appeal to us the most. I am now eager to pursue the work of Charlotte Salomon as well as stories of Ida Fink. Jennie is terrific, smart, honest, and very pleasant to engage with.

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Shannon (Aberdeen, US)
A Wonderful Introduction to Women and Holocaust-related Visual Arts

Dr. Jennie Hirsh provided an insightful introduction to both women's role and their portrayal in Holocaust-related visual arts. Framing the conversation with the works of well-recognized Holocaust scholars, Dr. Hirsh brought to light powerful instances from which women's voices still resonate long after the horrors of the Holocaust, while also questioning moments of misrepresentation of women. Dr. Hirsh gave a very carefully considered presentation, and it was very appreciated and well-received!