[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 51; Spertus Museum Symposium, Washington J.H.]

A class of 8th grade students take a tour of the Bridges and Boundaries exhibition at Spertus Museum of Judaica. In this tape, the class discusses some pieces in the museum's permanent collection before moving into the exhibition, where they look at work by Gerda Meyer-Bernstein and John Roselle.

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00:26Copy video clip URL Paula, a docent at the Spertus Museum of Judaica, leads a class of 8th grade students on a tour. The class looks at some of the permanent collection and talk with Paula and their teacher, who is also Jewish, about the Torah and about Jewish customs.

7:55Copy video clip URL They move on to the Bridges and Boundaries exhibition and as they enter, talk about how Jews and Blacks might share a commonality in that they both have been oppressed and persecuted minorities.

10:47Copy video clip URL The class starts with Gerda Meyer-Bernstein’s “The Phoenix.” With the help of Paula and their teacher, the class provides possible interpretations for the piece.

15:45Copy video clip URL The class moves on to discuss John Rozelle’s “Red Summer Swimmer” and how it is based on a young black man who was murdered for swimming across a line separate black and white areas of the beach. One of the students, who recently immigrated from South Africa, tells about how events like this are still happening in apartheid South Africa.

 

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