"Memorial Museums Today: Human Rights, Technology, and the Holographic Survivor."
Leah's talk will begin with a brief history of post-Holocaust Jewish memorial practices, which are far more diverse and widespread than is commonly understood. She will then trace the development of memorial museums from the very first Holocaust museums to more recent memorial institutions such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Leah will pay special attention to the relationship between technology and memorial work, emphasizing the USC Shoah Foundation's creation of a 3D holographic Holocaust survivor.
Leah Angell Sievers received her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School (2001) and her B.A. from Yale University (1997). She is a doctoral student in the Department of Religious Studies at UVA, studying with faculty in both Jewish Studies and Theology, Ethics, and Culture. Leah is a former Jefferson Graduate Fellow whose research interests include Jewish and Christian ethics, museology, the ethics of memory, and Holocaust studies. Leah lives in Richmond with her husband and two children.