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Town Hall Meeting November 10th

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015


We are now two weeks into our powerful exhibition which tells the life story of Helen Suzman, a female member of the South African Parliament from 1953-19809. Helen Suzman was one of South Africa’s most outspoken opponents of apartheid during her 36-year career. A dramatic panel exhibition is currently on view at the Cincinnati Skirball Museum and will continue through January 24. This exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life’s work through photographs, personal letters, speeches, news articles, and moving narrative. 

The Helen Suzman Exhibition is presented by the Skirball Museum of HUC-JIR Cincinnati in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  The Exhibition originated at the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Exhibition was produce and brought on an American tour by the Dobkin Family Foundation.

In addition to the exhibition there will be several events throughout the community highlighting social justice. The first program, a town hall meeting discussing Race Relations, will take place November 10th at 7pm. This even will be hosted through a partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Skirball Museum.  This historic discussion will take place at the Skirball Museum on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm. 

On November 10th this Town Hall Meeting will address race relations against the backdrop of Helen Suzman’s efforts to abolish apartheid in South Africa and engage in the difficult conversation that surround social justice concerns. The Town Hall Meeting has been organized by Christopher Miller, Manager of Program Initiatives at NURFC. Participants include:

Sean Comer, Director of Government Relations at Xavier University

Christina Brown, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission

Leslie Mooney, Executive Director, Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Lourdes Ribera, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Ohio State Director and Vice President of LULAC Cincinnati

Sean Rugless, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Sarah Weiss, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council and Executive Director, Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education


As with our panel discussion last year concerning the community of the West End, this Town Hall Discussion is sure to deliver a greater insight into how the work of Helen Suzman was implemented on an international level, and how the struggles that she faced fighting against apartheid still ring true in our communities.  We hope to see you at this discussion and help to create a better environment for our community to grow. Reservations are recommended for this event.  To reserve your spot for this event, or to hear more information, please call 513.487.3098 or email