Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Barbara Kirshenblatt- Gimblett is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at
New York University and Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864-1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt), and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler).

She was honored for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, received the Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture, honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, University of Haifa, and Indiana University, and the 2015 Marshall Sklare Award for her contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry. She was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her contribution to POLIN Museum. She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on Advisory Boards for the Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. She also advises on museum and exhibition projects in Lithuania, Ukraine, and Israel.



The Role of Museums in Perilous Times: What’s Happening in Poland? – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7pm at UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Center

Beyond Living Memory: The Future of Holocaust Museums – Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12pm at Milwaukee Public Museum

Curating Between Hope and Despair: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:15pm at Milwaukee Art Museum



Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum

Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Departments of Anthropology, Art History, and History; Center for 21st Century Studies; Center for International Education; and the Cultures & Communities and Museum Studies programs