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Seeking Asylum: Then and Now with Rory Kennedy and Scott Miller

Part of the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit Event Series 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 6pm

Presented by UCI Libraries

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Seating is limited. Please click on the button below to register for this event.

The UCI Libraries invites you to spend the evening with documentary filmmaker, Rory Kennedy, and former Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Expert, Scott Miller. Drawing parallels between the historic impact of the asylum-seeking voyage of the MS St. Louis in 1939, and the modern-day refugee crisis around the globe, this discussion will be moderated by Tatiana Bryant, UCI Libraries Research Librarian for Digital Humanities, History, and African American Studies. The MS St. Louis, carrying Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, was turned away by Cuba and the United States, forcing its passengers to return to Europe. Two hundred fifty-four of those passengers would later die in the Holocaust.

Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers, and an Academy Award-nominated, Primetime Emmy Award-winning director/producer of more than 40 highly acclaimed documentaries. Her latest project will tell the story of the MS St. Louis.

Distinguished speaker, Scott Miller, is the former Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington DC, and coauthor of the book Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust.

There will be a book signing with Scott Miller prior to the program. Bring your own copy or purchase a copy of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust at the event.

Watch live at After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on-demand on the UCI Libraries YouTube Page. You do not need a YouTube account to view the video. 

Click here to learn more about the Americans and the Holocaust Event Series presented by UCI Libraries. Click here to learn more about supporting events at UCI Libraries.

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