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Recent Events at the Museum of Fine Arts

Published February 26, 2015
mofa newsletter 3/2015

Marcus Cox reads an except from “Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South” at the Writers’ Weekend on February 14, 2015.

During the multiple exhibitions of “WWII: The Human Experience,” there have been a number of visiting lecturers and events (with more planned before the exhibitions close on March 29).

The opening and the Writers’ Weekend brought many distinguished guests and authors to MoFA: from WWII veterans who enjoyed the opening, to writers and audiences who came to listen to the historians and authors. Among them was Pieter Kohnstam, whose family had been neighbors of the Frank family in Amsterdam where Anne was occasionally his babysitter. Kohnstam’s book “A Chance to Live” details the family’s terrifying journey to escape the Nazis when he was only six years old. Michael Neiberg, from the US Army War

Mina Holland Hight Burke

Mina Holland Hight Burke, who was a Navy Inspector during the War, holds a memento and a photograph of herself at the opening to the exhibitions of “The Human Experience.”

College read from “The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944” while Marcus Cox of The Citadel presented “Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South.” The Writers’ Weekend concluded with Graham Farmelo of the University of Cambridge who spoke on Winston Churchill’s prescient evaluation of nuclear potential described in “Churchill’s Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race.” Farmelo is currently researching archives for his next book about theoretical physicist Paul Dirac who spent the last decade of his life at Florida State University.

MoFA newsletter 3/2015

Graham Farmelo, author of “Churchill’s Bomb”, with Kurt Piehler, Director of the Institute on World War II and curator of the exhibitions now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Upcoming Events

Exhibition: “WWII: The Human Experience” – 2/13/15 – 3/29/15