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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2019

Purdue University Fort Wayne Sponsors Discussions on Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS) and Hands Across Fort Wayne are sponsoring two discussions about the parallels between Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America on Wednesday, February 20, at noon and 7 p.m.

The discussions, titled “Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America,” will feature nationally recognized scholars as part of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Mandel Center Campus Outreach Program. The program brings together students, scholars, and community members for a responsible, informed, and meaningful dialogue on the involvement of governments and citizens in two distinct systems of targeted oppression and racial violence within their different historical contexts.

“We are bringing in these highly knowledgeable scholars so that we can have a meaningful dialogue about the way people responded to these two different systems of targeted oppression and racial violence,” said Steve Carr, professor of communication and the director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “I am really looking forward to moderating these discussions.”

Panelists will include Rebecca Carter-Chand and Julia McStravog, with the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust; Richard Pierce, with the University of Notre Dame; and Wendy Soltz, with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.

The first panel discussion will take place at noon in the Honors Center in Helmke Library at Purdue Fort Wayne. The second session will be at 7 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium at the Allen County Public Library, located at 900 Library Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at 260-481-4106 (office), 260-760-7409 (cell), or nicole.hahn@pfw.edu.

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