Category: Current Events

The social space of the coffeehouse, and who is “welcome” there

The social space of the coffeehouse, and who is “welcome” there

—Shachar M. Pinsker
What does it mean to “belong” in a café? The coffeehouse has always been, and continues to be (even in the age of Starbucks) a complex reflection of the society and culture around it. Yet it has rarely lived up to the expectation that it would be open to all.

Tourism and Holocaust Remembrance

Tourism and Holocaust Remembrance

—Daniel P. Reynolds
The emergence of Holocaust tourism is one aspect of the boom in Holocaust memorialization that typically garners severe skepticism. Rather than dismiss tourism as an inauthentic, low-brow engagement with history, it is time to look more closely at the phenomenon, to appreciate its complexity, and to take more seriously the motivations and insights of its participants.