Old Histories, New Itineraries

February 22, 2007 (Thursday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Old Histories, New Itineraries

Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies
New York University

Graduate Humanities Forum Conference Keynote

Among the deepest motives for travel is the need to grieve and to commemorate loss. Not surprisingly therefore, Jewish visitors to Poland have focused on sites of the Holocaust. Eminent scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett asks how this situation may change once the thousand-year story of the Jews in Poland becomes widely available in the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a cultural achievement fraught with controversy in post-Communist Poland.