The Macomb Daily

The Zekelman Holocaust Center to host ‘Where are all the women? Untold experience­s from the Holocaust’ program

- By Gina Joseph gjoseph@medianewsg­roup. com

The Zekelman Holocaust Center (The HC) will present, “Where Are All the Women: Untold Experience­s from the Holocaust,” March 8 at 7 p.m.

The program, which commemorat­es Internatio­nal Women’s Day, features Katie Chaka Parks, Wayne State University (WSU) doctoral candidate and manager of adult education at The HC.

Parks’ presentati­on examines how research and teaching of the Holocaust are often reflected through the lens of men and their experience­s. She will illuminate the untold stories of women during the Holocaust and acknowledg­e how and why their experience­s were different because they were women.

Parks has taught courses for the history department and gender, sexuality and women’s studies program at WSU. Her dissertati­on research addresses the intersecti­onality of experience­s of gender and sexuality during the Holocaust and the inclusion/exclusion of women’s experience­s within museum exhibits across the United States.

“To fully understand the story of the Holocaust, we need to learn about the experience­s of women as well as men,” said Ruth Bergman, director of education at The HC. “This is not a subcategor­y of Holocaust history, but an integral part of it. As an emerging expert in this field, Katie provides all of us a richer understand­ing of the Holocaust by giving voice to women’s perspectiv­es and experience­s.”

There is no charge to attend this program. Refreshmen­ts will be served. Registrati­on is required as space is limited. Reserve your spot at holocaustc­

Program Supporters for the event are Robin & Leo Eisenberg, Susan & Robert Gordon, Sandy Schreier, Sara Guyer & Scott Straus, and Stacey & Marc Wittenberg. The Program Sponsor is the PNC Foundation. Community Partners are The Wayne State University Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the University of Detroit Mercy Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

The Zekelman Holocaust Center is at 28123 Orchard Lake Rd, in Farmington Hills. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5 pm. and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last admission is one hour before closing. Wheelchair accessible. Free parking.

For more informatio­n visit holocaustc­ or call 248-553-2400.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? Katie Chaka Parks

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