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From Holocaust to World Trade Center, how best to remember?

September 8, 2010

Public commemorations, such as WTC memorial lights, will be the topic of a "1939" Club lecture.

The complex art of creating memorials and meaningful commemorations will be the topic of The “1939” Club Lecture Series on Sept. 21, when renowned Holocaust scholar and author James E. Young, Ph.D., presents “Stages of Memory: Challenges of Memorialization from the Holocaust to the World Trade Center.” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Chapman Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Young has written and lectured extensively on the topics of public memory and meaning and was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the World Trade Center Memorial competition, which will be dedicated in 2011. In 1997, Dr. Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to be one of five members of the Findungskommission for Germany’s national “Memorial to Europe’s Murdered Jews,” dedicated in 2005. He has also consulted with Argentina’s government on its memorial to the desaparecidos.

Professor Young is the author of The Texture of Memory, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994, and Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust, as well as articles and reviews in such journals as The Yale Journal of Criticism, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, New Literary History, Partisan Review, and Annales. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, among many others.

In 2000, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a 10-volume anthology of primary sources, documents, texts and images, forthcoming from Yale University Press. Dr. Young is professor of English and Judaic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture and The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning will be available at the event from Barnes & Noble.

The lecture series is a program of the Wilkinson College’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, made possible by The “1939” Club, an organization of Holocaust survivors and descendants.

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