Activating Heritage 2023 – March 6



Phoebe Yates is the Curator at the Swedish American Museum. She has BAs in Anthropology and Mathematics from DePaul University and an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (UCL). For her Masters dissertation she studied trade interactions between Crete and the Aegean Islands in the Bronze Age through evidence of the adoption of the potter’s wheel at six different sites. Her background in anthropology and interest in material culture is what eventually led her to museum work! She has been working in museums for the past six years and in that time have worked at the National Hellenic Museum, Collections at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL), and Field Museum.

Klára Moldová serves as the vice-president and teacher at the T. G. Masaryk School, a century-old community-based Czech language and cultural center in Cicero, Illinois. Besides teaching Czech to children and adults, Klára enjoys organizing cultural projects and utilizes her musical background to work as a Czech diction coach at various opera houses in the US.

Josee Starr is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes from Fort Berthold, North Dakota. She is also Omaha from Macy, NE and Odawa from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Currently, she is the Director of Operations at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

Josee has years of experience working with her community both as a participant in programming and as a facilitator. She has worked as an independent artist and her background is in cultural education. She grew up in the Chicago Native community and has a passion for Native arts.

Leah Rauch (she/her) is the Director of Education at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, whose mission is to preserve the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. She previously worked as an adjunct professor, teaching history and Holocaust courses at the Council on International Educational Exchange in Berlin. She also worked as an educator at Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum. She has presented at international academic conferences in France and Germany and published her work in The Journal for Holocaust Research.

Moderator: Sarah Cameron – Chicago Cultural Alliance