On Sunday, Nov. 13, Or Emet members Michal Moskow and Scott Chazdon will present “Illuminating Darkness: Visitor Experiences at Dark Tourism Sites” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. A social time will follow the program. 

Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

The site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. (Photo credit: Scott Chazdon)

The site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. (Photo credit: Scott Chazdon)

Dark tourism is defined as visits to places where traumatic events have occurred, and it can be informative, personally meaningful or emotionally healing. But dark tourism can send distorted or inauthentic messages about the past. For this reason, thoughtful curation of dark tourism experiences is crucial. 

This presentation will explore and contrast visitor experiences from three dark tourism sites: a site in Mankato, Minnesota, of a mass lynching of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862, Holocaust sites in Germany and Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and the site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. 

Moskow is a professor emerita at Metropolitan State University who also is rostered at the University of Gothenburg. Her major areas include social linguistics and human rights. Chazdon is a sociologist and program evaluator for University of Minnesota Extension. He served as president of Or Emet from 2018-2021.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural Sunday School. All attendees must wear a mask indoors and are expected to be up to date on vaccinations or have a same-day negative COVID test.

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective.

For information about Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School, contact JCSS director Molly Phipps at school-1@oremet.org. For information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

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