Something New!

Aidan Thomason
2 min readJan 29, 2023

I am developing a show for the Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina called Imagining Anne. The show will focus on conversations with people working to bring us closer to the world Anne Frank envisioned in her famous diary: a world with more justice and less hatred, where everyone is free to be themself.

Photo of Anne Frank in 1937, smiling in a hat
Photo of Anne Frank, 1937

I have been conducting interviews with educators, my coworkers at the AFC, and students to prepare. Future episodes will feature artists, visionaries, and activists working to end anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia. We will examine reckoning with history, anti-racist education, refugee rights, the place of women in the world, and so much more.

I am very excited to share this project with the world. The first episode is scheduled to be released in April 2023. Exact date TBD.

“I think she would have loved generously and without prejudice. I think she would’ve had great courage. I think she would’ve spoken up for the dispossessed, and I think that she would have tried to storm the invisible barriers that separate human beings and keep us in such conflict. So, what I say now is that the only thing we have to remember is that her ‘would haves’ are our real possibilities; all her ‘would haves’ are our opportunities.”

— Emma Thompson on Anne Frank, 2006

The University of South Carolina is the Official U.S. Partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the only partner site in North America. By sharing Anne’s legacy with visitors, students and teachers, the Anne Frank Center seeks to inspire our commitment to never be bystanders but instead to stand up together against antisemitism, bigotry and inequality wherever it may exist today.

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Aidan Thomason
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Education Specialist and Executive Producer of Imagining Anne at the Anne Frank Center; USC Honors College Alum; Freelance Podcaster.