I really enjoyed last week’s class – the movie and discussion with Bassett students brought an interesting dimension to the reading that we did. The theme throughout all of these that really stuck with me was identity, and how that can manifest itself and change and be difficult to define. Coming away from the movie […]Read more "Remembering Childhood Through Music"
Last week we watched the documentary Alive Inside, which explored the relationship of music and memory especially in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Apart from making me sob for two hours, the film made a fantastic argument for music as a simple way to drastically improve the quality of life for individuals with these diseases, […]Read more "Take A Dose of Culture and Call Me in the Morning"
I first encountered “Maus I” years ago in the juvenile section of my local public library, having not read it but knowing the premise of the graphic novel. The book made me think about how I would educate my children about difficult topics in history. This question has again arisen as I have become a […]Read more "Softening the Blow – Maus, The Holocaust Museum, and the Representation of History"
We remember the Holocaust, in part, to ensure that it never happens again. But the dream of “never again” has yet to become a reality. Even today, the Burmese government permits attacks on civilians, particularly those of ethnic minorities. In the Darfur region of Sudan, millions have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been […]Read more "Translating Memory into Action"
Do museum curators have a right to be control freaks when it comes to interpreting sensitive or cultural history? After reading Preserving Memories by Edward Linenthal I came away with the question of who should control the memory of the Holocaust in the United States. The survivors? Or does authority lie with those outside of […]Read more "Control Issues: Memory and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum"