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Holocaust Lecture Series Uses Art to Examine Atrocities

Nov. 2, 2011
Press Release #11-198


The 16th Annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture series in November at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will include artists who use their art to understand and respond to horrific events. “I wanted each of them to reflect on how people have used art to reflect how people feel about the traumatic events of the Holocaust and genocide,” said Björn Krondorfer, professor of religious studies, who has been organizing the series at the college since 1994.

Dorota Glowacka, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and professor of humanities at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, will describe “Encounters with the Daughters of Absence: Women Artists after the Holocaust” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Glowacka, a native of Poland, is the author of several books including “Disappearing Traces: Holocaust Testimonials, Ethics, Aesthetics.”

Karen Baldner, a printmaker and teacher at the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University in Indianapolis, will present, “Sorting through the Rubble: A Jewish Response to Postwar German Art” at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in Anne Arundel 105. Baldner grew up in West Germany in a Jewish family persecuted by Nazi Germany and has used the aftermath of the Holocaust as a narrative for her work. Her artwork has been shown throughout the United States and Europe and is included in a number of public and private collections.

Jane Blocker, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota, will present on Rwanda during the spring semester.

The series is sponsored by Lecture and Fine Arts, The Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, and Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies. All events are free and open to the public.