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Babi Yar Memorial

The Mizel Museum and Jewish Family Service are proud to present the annual Babi Yar Memorial, held at Babi Yar Park in southeast Denver on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 11:00 am. This year’s program will focus on Yiddish literature and culture in Eastern Europe, led by keynote speaker David Shneer, Director of Jewish Studies at CU Boulder. The program will include a short Klezmer concert performed by the talented Joseph Lukasik of the Boulder Klezmer Consort. According to Dr. Shneer, “After the Holocaust, Yiddish took on a memorial quality. Whether in Yizkor books, novels or poetry, Yiddish literature after the Holocaust echoed with the lives of those lost.”

The Babi Yar Memorial is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Deanne Kapnik at 303-749-5019 or dkapnik@mizelmuseum.org.

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One Nosh Sunday: Museum Open

Visit the Museum and enjoy a snack on the first Sunday of each month! Bring the family or some friends and tour our core exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, to learn about Jewish history and culture through art, artifacts and multimedia – including video vignettes from our Community Narratives Project, which features first-person accounts by local community members.

*Occasionally, the Museum hosts programs or rentals that may limit visitors’ viewing experiences. Please call before visiting: 303-394-9993. Thank you!

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DU Enrichment Course: Calculating Consequences: The Social and Ecological Dimensions of Globalization

In partnership with the Mizel Museum, the University of Denver’s University College Enrichment Program will offer this two-session course, titled, “Calculating Consequences: The Social and Ecological Dimensions of Globalization.” The course fee and schedule include a ticket to the Mizel Museum’s lecture by Thomas Friedman, held at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Five Sessions: Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 (6:30 -8:30 pm)
Thomas Friedman: The Power of Place, Sunday, Oct. 26 (7 pm)

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Course Description: Markets are commonly believed to promote efficiency in two ways: through competition and the division of labor. “But markets do not necessarily ensure that the benefits of increased efficiency are shared by all.” (IMF 2008) Globalization has brought about a drastic reorganization of the global economic, political and socio-ecological landscape, and “the commons” are experiencing significant alterations and rapid decline as a result. Without a doubt, globalization dramatically affects the resilience, well-being and sustainability of our planet, its ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as human societies and diverse social groups. Join Professor Andreas Rechkemmer, American Humane Endowed Chair at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, to explore the interplay of globalization with things such as climate change, species extinction and the loss of natural resources, as well as social injustice, violent conflicts and the growing disparity between privileged and oppressed nations, groups and populations. Several case studies will be examined. Class three meets at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman whose writings (e.g. Hot, Flat, and Crowded; That Used To Be Us) deal with the pros and cons of globalization, global social and environmental change, and the meaning of place and identity. Return to class to focus on solutions and What We Can Do to further global and local sustainability, prosperity and justice.

About the Instructor: Andreas Rechkemmer, University of Denver American Humane Endowed Chair and professor at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, has held senior positions with the United Nations, including as executive director of the International Human Dimensions Programme. He’s also advised government agencies and published extensively on global social and ecological sustainability and justice.

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DU Enrichment Course: The American Dream: Why It Still Makes Sense to Bet on America

In partnership with the Mizel Museum, the University of Denver’s University College Enrichment Program will offer this two-session course, titled, “The American Dream: Why It Still Makes Sense to Bet on America.” The course fee and schedule include a ticket to the Mizel Museum’s lecture by Thomas Friedman, held at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

First Session: Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 -9 pm)
Second Session: Thomas Friedman: The Power of Place, Sunday, Oct. 26 (7 pm)

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Course Description: The belief that we all have a fair chance to go as high and as far as talent will take us has been central to the American psyche for two centuries. Can we still say the same today? Amid political gridlock and growing inequality of wealth, polls show that most Americans expect a dimmer tomorrow: We fear the American Dream will not come true for our children. In preparation for the Mizel Museum lecture, Thomas Friedman: The Power of Place, author and journalist T.R. Reid reflects on our home country, and how we view it differently than those who came before us. Reid argues that the American Dream is still a reality, and will be so for generations to come. Learn why one of the nation’s most respected reporters believes it still makes sense to bet on America.

About the Instructor: T.R. Reid served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tokyo and London, reporting from four dozen countries on five continents. Also known for his documentary films and commentary for NPR, he’s currently working on his 10th book in English (he’s written three in Japanese, too). T.R. Reid

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