NOBEL LAUREATE ELIE WIESEL TO SPEAK AT QUEENS COLLEGE ON APRIL 7
-- In a Time of Hatred and War, Hope is His Theme --
WHAT: Nobel Peace Prize-winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel will lecture on “The Urgency of Hope.” This is part of a Queens College program, “War on Hate II,” a series of events on racism, bigotry and all forms of hate being held from April 1-11 at the college.
WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2003, 12 to 1 p.m.
Reception to follow, 1:15 to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Student Union, 4th Floor Ballroom
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.
“In a time where hate and prejudice raise their ugly heads around the world, there is a need to look to the future and realize that there is a time, a place, and a need for hope,” says Rabbi Moshe Shur, executive director of Queens College Hillel, regarding Wiesel’s lecture.
A native of Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), Elie Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz when he was 15 years old. His mother, younger sister, and father perished in the Holocaust; he and his two older sisters survived.
Wiesel’s efforts on behalf of oppressed people worldwide have earned him the President’s Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor, and in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He has received more than one hundred honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning and is the author of more than 40 books including La Nuit (Night), his 1958 memoir of his death camp experience, which has been translated into thirty languages. Among his other prize-winning books are A Beggar in Jerusalem, which won the Prix Medicis; The Testament, and The Fifth Son, which won the Grand Prize for literature from the city of Paris.
Among the sponsors of this event are Queens College Hillel, the President’s Office, Newman Center, Center for Jewish Studies, Day Student Association and the Political Science Club.