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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Lunch & Learn: Women and the Holocaust: An Exploration through Original Poetry

Event details
Calendar   Workshops
Location Zoom
Date Thu, May 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Duration   1h

The conversation will take place on the online platform Zoom. A link to join will be sent to registered guests via email one hour before the start of the program.

Join the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for a Lunch and Learn that examines the experiences of women in the Holocaust through poetry. Jane Saginaw, PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), will share her original poems and speak about the courageous women who inspired them. These deeply moving poems explore the powerful mechanisms of resistance women developed as they fought to survive starvation, fatigue, and the brutalities of the Holocaust. Jane will be joined in conversation by Dr. Sarah Valente, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UTD.

The Museum’s Lunch & Learn Series features quarterly programs on Holocaust history and human rights topics in an informal setting to encourage questions and discussion. Space is limited!

Please register for one ticket per device used. This program is recommended for high school students and adults.

Register here.

About Jane Saginaw
Jane Saginaw is a student in the PhD Program in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, where her interests include creative writing and the history of the Holocaust. Before returning to graduate school, she was a trial lawyer with the law firm of Baron and Budd in Dallas. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region Six. In 2006, Jane was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Her memoir, Because the World is Round, is the story of a family trip around the world in 1970 with her wheelchair-bound mother who was paralyzed by polio. Her essays and poems have appeared in Athenaeum Review. Jane received her undergraduate degree in cultural geography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her law degree is from the University of Texas at Austin.

About Dr. Sarah Valente
Dr. Sarah Valente is visiting assistant professor of Holocaust Studies at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches courses on Jewish and Latin American history, literature, and cultural memory. Her fields of interest include Holocaust Studies, Translation Studies, and Human Rights in South America. Dr. Valente has published about Holocaust memoirs and Jewish memory in book chapters and peer-reviewed journals such as her most recent publication, “Post-World War II Brazil: A New Homeland for Jews and Nazis?” in Comparative Cultural Studies-European and Latin American Perspectives. She has been selected to present her research at numerous academic conferences throughout the United States, in the UK, and Israel. Dr. Valente earned her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2019. She was a Belofsky Fellow at the University’s Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and wrote her doctoral dissertation on post-Holocaust Jewish memoir published in Portuguese in Brazil. Dr. Valente is the creator, producer, and host of several podcasts including the Ackerman Center Podcast, where she explores Holocaust-related topics during the time of our new shared virtual realities.

Community Partners
Congregation Shearith Israel
Legacy Senior Communities
Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee

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