In an effort to address current issues of importance to the world, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has created a series of noon programs on Zoom for the fall and winter. The next two programs are “What is Moral Leadership?” on Oct. 29 and “What America Can Learn from Germany, a Conversation with Susan Neiman” on Nov. 11.
The Oct. 29 program will feature a conversation with Alexis Herr, University of San Francisco; Patricia Schechter, Portland State University; and Bobbin Singh, Oregon Justice Resource Center. The moderator is Tim DuRoche of WorldOregon. Cosponsors are OJMCHE, WorldOregon and Oregon Justice Resource Center.
In times of crisis, upheaval and deep social change, what defines moral leadership? What principles are required of moral leadership? With the chaos of 2020 and in advance of the U.S. election, join OJMCHE for a stimulating conversation that focuses on the intricacies of moral leadership in times of genocide, civil rights and women’s rights movements.
The program is free, but registration is required. Register at ojmche.org/events/what-is-moral-leadership/.
The Nov. 11 program features philosopher Susan Neiman. She grew up in Atlanta during the civil rights movement and later earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University. Neiman is director of the Einstein Forum, a think tank in Berlin, where she has spent much of her adult life. When she has not been writing about Immanuel Kant and the enduring virtues of the Enlightenment, she’s written about being Jewish in Berlin. Germans have devoted so much attention to working through their Nazi past that their capital city has become an attractive home to some Jews in recent years. Neiman’s new book, Learning From the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, concerns that German process of “working off” the past and, by way of comparison, how the United States might do the same with its legacy of slavery and contemporary racism.
The program is free, but registration is required: ojmche.org/events/what-america-can-learn-from-germany/.