HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 22, 2011) – In early January, two lectures will continue Holocaust Museum Houston’s exploration of the concepts behind “The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Law,” on view through Aug. 19, 2012 in the Museum’s Central Gallery.
Dr. Ann Millin
On Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Ann Millin, historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will present “Legalizing Racism in Nazi Germany,” a discussion about the important role of “race” in the Nazi era and the related ideological role of intermarriage and interracial sex with regard to the creation and promulgation of the Nuremberg Laws.
Millin will examine the Nuremberg laws, which legalized racism in Nazi Germany. Influenced in part by the Jim Crow laws of the United States, Millin will examine the formation and implementation of the laws that segregated Jewish Germans from society – economically, politically and socially – and eventually led to the devastating program in which nearly 6 million Jews were murdered.
Currently working in the USHMM’s National Institute for Holocaust Education, Millin previously was the historian in the USHMM’s photo archives, specializing in the photographs of German Jewry, the Aliyah Bet and the European Roma, as well as in the work of the Wehrmacht Propaganda Company photographers. She received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, a master’s in religious studies from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in Jewish history at the Hebrew Union College-JIR.
Formerly a research fellow at the University of Göttingen and an Inter-University Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she has taught Jewish history, Judaic studies, world religions and Holocaust studies at the Hebrew Union College-JIR, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky-Lexington. Millin’s lecture is underwritten by the Spector-Warren Fellowship for Future Educators, an annual program that works with students from Syracuse University as they prepare to enter the teaching profession.
Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Jane Dailey, associate professor of American history at the University of Chicago, will offer a lecture titled, “The Age of Jim Crow,” in which she will examine the history of Jim Crow America.
Dailey will discuss the role of law in creating, maintaining and — ultimately — helping to undo segregation, as well as the effects of interracial sex and marriage as they shaped the era of Jim Crow. Her book “The Age of Jim Crow” focuses throughout on sexuality and gender politics as they play out across the legal, social and economic, political and cultural arenas.
A graduate of Yale and Princeton, Dailey taught at Rice University and Johns Hopkins before joining the University of Chicago in 2006. Her first book, “Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia,” analyzed the conditions that facilitated and, ultimately, undid interracial democracy in the post-Civil War South. An edited collection, “Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights,” continued the theme of African American resistance to white domination from Reconstruction through the 1950s. A third book, “The Age of Jim Crow: A Norton Documentary History,” examines the creation and dissolution of legal segregation in America through primary sources. The recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Berlin and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Dailey is currently finishing a book on race, sex and the civil rights movement from emancipation to the present.
Dailey’s lecture also is underwritten by the Spector-Warren Fellowship for Future Educators, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Both lectures will be presented in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission to both lectures is free, but advance registration is requested for each lecture. Visit http://www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.