LEC presents “A Legacy of Hope”: An evening of reflection honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel

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One of the world’s best known activists and authors, Elie Wiesel was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who passed away this past July. To honor his life and his work, Lake Erie College will present an evening of reflection titled “A Legacy of Hope” on Thursday, September 29. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the C. K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts and is free and open to the public.   

A noted Holocaust survivor, Wiesel was the author of over 50 books including Night. Published in 1960, Night is based upon Wiesel’s experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp. A noted journalist as well, Wiesel’s work as a political activist led to him receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. 

“An essential element in preventing atrocities like the Holocaust from happening again is to keep the conversation going,” said Dr. Deborah Schulman, associate professor of biology and one of the organizers of the event. “Celebrating Elie Wiesel's life and studying his legacy provides an excellent starting point for educating new generations and promoting these conversations.”  

“A Legacy of Hope” will feature speeches, discussions and more, including presentations from Zahava Smith, who was born in Israel to Auschwitz survivors and is now a teacher dedicated to Jewish education; Ellen Jacob of the Kol Israel Foundation; and Dr. John Foster, a local Holocaust historian. Additionally, Lake Erie College theatre students will present a staged reading of scenes from Wiesel’s play The Trial of God. There will also be video materials presented as a time for discussion. 

For more information on “A Legacy of Hope,” please contact Dr. Jerry Jaffe, associate professor of theatre, at 440-375-7451 or jjaffe@lec.edu.

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