April 2015, Volume 19, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight


Holocaust Offers Lessons in Ways to Confront Discrimination and Intolerance

  As a hub for arts and cultural exchange in Miami, MDC’s Koubek Center was proud to host a panel discussion and exhibition presented by The Anne Frank Center USA that examined discrimination on the basis of nationality and citizenship with a specific focus on immigration reform.

The panel discussion ”Confronting Intolerance Today” featured Felipe Sousa-Rodríguez, deputy managing director of United We Dream; Isabel Vinent Grimany, deputy director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition; and Marleine Bastien, executive director Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami).

The accompanying exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, examines World War II and the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank. Presented in partnership with the Netherlands Consulate General in Miami, it helps illuminate to viewers that ethnic, religious and political differences between people exist in every society, and it challenges visitors to think about concepts such as tolerance, mutual respect, human rights and democracy. It’s a topic that resonates strongly in Miami – a city rich with immigrant history and culture.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is now on display at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower through April 26.

“It is with great honor that the Freedom Tower has the opportunity to host this important and informative exhibition,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, executive director of the College’s Museum and Galleries of Art + Design. “The story of Anne Frank shines a beacon of hope that continues to resonate. As a focal point of a new beginning for many Cubans who escaped persecution, the Freedom Tower serves as a fitting venue for this exhibition and Anne’s personal story of perseverance and hope during a horrific time in collective human history.”

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