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Tech professors join U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for panel


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Sociology instructor Betsie Garner, left, and Assistant Professor of History Troy D. Smith, right, will be joined by Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Propes and Alexis Herr, former research fellow from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies for a panel Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Tennessee Tech professors will join Alexis Herr, former research fellow from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, for a panel exploring “Questions of Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South” Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Robert & Gloria Bell Hall auditorium.

Panel participants will speak to the history of the south and the history of the Holocaust to initiate a broader discussion of issues with and lingering effects of complicity.

Organizers see discussions about questions of complicity and an opportunity to encourage deeper examination of motivations, desires and actions that result in unintended consequences. Additionally, the discussion seeks to ensure the continued relevance of the history of the Holocaust in an increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary academic landscape. Participating panelists from Tech include sociology instructor Betsie Garner, Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Propes and Assistant Professor of History Troy D. Smith.

This is a Center Stage event made possible by a grant from the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Co-organizers include Tech’s departments of history and sociology; Commission on the Status of Blacks; Diversity, Equity, Access Council; Exceptional Learning student organization; Multicultural Center; One World student organization; and Women’s Center. Additional support is provided by the National Association for Multicultural Education Region 3 and the Tennessee Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education.

It is free and open to the public.