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NIU’s ‘Travel with a Professor’ series plans visit to powerful museum exhibitions on genocide

April 3, 2013
J.D. Bowers

J.D. Bowers

Community members, students, and faculty are invited to attend the latest Travel with a Professor Series event Saturday, April 27, co-sponsored by Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming and the University Honors Program.

Participants will travel to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Cambodian American Heritage Museum with NIU professor J.D. Bowers, who will share his knowledge and insights on both of these devastating genocides of the modern era.

“The people of Illinois are fortunate to have these established centers of learning and remembrance so that we can never forget the devastation that is caused by hatred, the restriction of rights, and dehumanization,” Bowers said. “Our future in this country depends on how well we understand the world’s history and how the past’s repercussions continue to shape our world.”

The trip includes guided tours with survivors and/or docents at both museums. The bus will depart the east entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 8 a.m. and return around 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $30 for the public and $15 for NIU students. The fee includes transportation to and from the Holmes Student Center, museum tickets and faculty-guided tours. Between museums, the bus will stop at the Pita Inn for lunch on your own.

To register, or for more information, call (815) 753-5200.