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Conflations of Memory at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

February 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait of Michael Bernard-Donals in front of book shelves wearing glasses and a black jacket

Monday Seminar:

Michael Bernard-Donals

Resident Fellow (2008-2009)

English, UW-Madison


The US Holocaust Memorial Council and the designers of the US Holocaust Museum attempted to ensure, through the museum’s design, that visitors would remember the Holocaust as a specific historical event. But what visitors learn, and see, and remember at the USHMM is often enough an event or clusters of events that are at best only tangentially related to the Holocaust. The seminar, part of a project which tries to explain how and why such a conflation of memories occurs, takes account of some of the earliest discussions about the shape of the museum and the contents of its permanent exhibit.


Michael Bernard-Donals is a UW-Madison Faculty Fellow at the IRH. He received his Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University and went on to teach at Mississippi State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia before coming to the English Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1998. His work falls into three principal areas of research: rhetorical theory, literary criticism and theory, and Holocaust Studies. He is an affiliate member of the Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and has recently ended a four-year term as chair of the English Department.


February 23, 2009
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bradley Memorial Building, Room 204
1225 Linden Drive
Madison, 53703 United States