Arkansas PBS to partner with Northwest Arkansas organizations for Holocaust events


Springdale Public Library hosting public forum; University of Arkansas presenting exhibit that inspired documentary

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) – Arkansas PBS, alongside the Springdale Public Library and University of Arkansas Libraries, will present events Nov. 6 and Nov. 10 focusing on “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein.

Springdale Public Library, 405 S Pleasant St., will host a free public forum Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. titled, “The U.S. and the Holocaust: Immigration Then and Now,” in partnership with Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee. The event will feature selected clips from “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” as well as a discussion emphasizing issues such as xenophobia, antisemitism, immigration quotas and much more. Special guests include:

  • Dr. Kevin Simpson, John Brown University professor of psychology and department chair.
  • Amelia McGowan, University of Arkansas School of Law assistant professor and Immigration Clinic director.
  • Margarita Solorzano, Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas executive director and founding member.
  • Joanna Krause, Canopy NWA executive director.
  • Eldon Alik, Springdale Marshallese consulate general.
  • Monica Kumar, Race Around NWA co-founder.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m., Arkansas PBS will be a part of the University of Arkansas Libraries’ opening reception for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit, which helped inspire the documentary.

“The U.S. and the Holocaust” is available to stream via Arkansas PBS Passport on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.

About “The U.S. and the Holocaust”

“The U.S. and the Holocaust” is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C. Directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. Telescript by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns and Mike Welt. Edited by Tricia Reidy, ACE, and Charles E. Horton. Co-producer is Lucas B. Frank. Original music produced by Johnny Gandelsman. Cinematography by Buddy Squires, ASC, and Wojciech Staroń, PSC. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Voices include Adam Arkin, Hope Davis, Paul Giamatti, Olivia Gilliatt, Elliott Gould, Murphy Guyer, Werner Herzog, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Joe Morton, Liam Neeson, Matthew Rhys, Meryl Streep, Bradley Whitford and Helena Zengel. The executive in charge for WETA is John F. Wilson. Executive producer is Ken Burns.

Corporate funding for “The U.S. and the Holocaust” was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by: David M. Rubenstein; the Park Foundation; the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation; Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; and by the following members of The Better Angels Society: Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine; Jan and Rick Cohen; Allan and Shelley Holt; the Koret Foundation; David and Susan Kreisman; Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Crown Family Philanthropies, honoring the Crown and Goodman Families; the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky; The Russell Berrie Foundation; Diane and Hal Brierley; John and Catherine Debs; and Leah Joy Zell and the Joy Foundation. Funding was also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.

About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain), KETS (Forrest City) and KETS (Gaither).