Museum Exhibitions and Public Memory: Americans and the Holocaust

Course details:

HISTORY 399-0
Museum Exhibitions and Public Memory: Americans and the Holocaust

Instructor: Professor Daniel Greene, History Department

Working with the Center for Civic Engagement, Professor Daniel Greene of the History Department lead this two quarter-long workshop for undergraduates on developing an exhibit for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, where he is a Guest Exhibit Curator. The course was open to students from all academic background and was a great opportunity for students interested in museums, history, research and design.

Participating students worked collaboratively on a variety of research tasks that directly influenced the content of the exhibition, examining topics such as the response of the African American press to Nazi atrocities during the 1930s and 1940s, American refugee policy in the past and present, and the nature and content of public opinion polling in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. There also were some short common readings and periodic discussions to inform the research.

Participating students were eligible for optional independent study credit through the History Department, which required that they write up their research findings in a substantial way.

Note: This opportunity was also available for students who did not wish to receive credit but could make the time commitment.

Please send any questions to Professor Daniel Greene at daniel.greene@northwestern.edu.