Speaker Series

Spring 2019 

student research posterStudent Recipients of the Center's New Israel Travel Grants to Present Their Research on Campus

The ASU and Boone communities are invited to the public presentations by the first student recipients of the Center Travel and Research Grants for Israel. In March, these student recipients (all minors in Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies) traveled to Israel and conducted research at Yad Vashem, the Central Zionist Archives, the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum and Archives, and Hebrew University. They interviewed peace activists from organizations such as "Women Wage Peace" and "Women in Black" and observed their peaceful protests in Jerusalem. Now that their work is completed, the students, including Halley Roth, '20 and Annette Waters, '20, will present their work on the ASU campus from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 3. The student talks will take place at the Center's conference room in the new Center Suite in Edwin Duncan Hall 101-102. Open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or holocaust@appstate.edu.

Thursday, May 2, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel and AEPi chapters will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. Weather permitting, this reading will take place from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm in the outside square between ASU’s Belk Library and the University’s Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union (end of College Street). It is followed by a commemoration march from campus to the Temple of the High Country, where a ceremony concludes the day's events.

To sign up for a reading spot, please follow this link and add your name to the calendar

Panel discussion imageThursday, May 2, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel and AEPi chapters will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. Weather permitting, this reading will take place from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm in the outside square between ASU’s Belk Library and the University’s Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union (end of College Street). It is followed by a commemoration march from campus to the Temple of the High Country, where a ceremony concludes the day's events.

To sign up for a reading spot, please follow this link and add your name to the calendar

Panel discussion imageDonald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps Performed on Campus

The campus and High Country communities are invited to a concert by the 
Appalachian Chorale, a combined student/community choir of some 85 members, that evolves around the performance of American composer Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the CampsThe Cantata, which had its world premiere in 1998, is based on materials drawn from the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies collaborates with choir director Dr. Linda Larson (Hayes School of Music) to make this important event a success.  Scheduled for 8:00 pm on April 30, in Rosen Concert Hall on the ASU campus, the performance also marks the beginning of ASU's annual Week of Remembrance that culminates in Yom HaShoah on May 1-2. The Appalachian Chorale will be joined by two guest choirs, the Appalachian Glee Club and the Appalachian Treble Choir. The performance of the Holocaust Cantata will feature Dr. Ellie Wee on cello and Aaron Ames on piano. Vocal soloists include mezzos Nicole Sonbert and Meg Stohlmann, and there will also be spoken text read by members of the community.  For more information, contact Linda Larson at larsonll@appstate.edu or the Center at holocaust@appstate.edu or 828.262.2311.

ekmekcioglu imageImmediate Past President of the North American Conference on British Studies Prof. Susan Pennybacker Speaking at ASU

Organized by the History Department, University Libraries, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies (with the generous support of Bill Rhinehart), Susan Dabney Pennybackerthe Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History at UNC-Chapel Hill, will give a talk entitled "Exile and Refuge in Postwar, Late Empire London" on Thursday, April 25. It will take place at Belk Library, Room 114, and start at 7:15 pm. The talk is based on her fascinating book-in-progress, entitled Fire By Night, Cloud by Day, hat examines the movement of individuals between metropolitan London and South Africa, Trinidad, India, and Europe between 1945 and 1994. Pennybacker presently works in archives in the UK, New Delhi, Port of Spain, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Her work also involves ethnographic study through oral history interviews, and visual media sources, especially documentary photography and film. Open to the public. No tickets required.

ekmekcioglu imageOrganized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Dr. Lerna EkmekçioğluMcMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at MIT and a specialist in modern Turkish and Armenian history, will give a talk on the past and present denial of the Armenian Genocide on Monday, April 15. It will take place at the Blue Ridge Ballroom 201, Plemmons Student Union, and start at 7:00 pm. Open to the public. No tickets required.

matyokProminent Military Scholar, Dr. Thomas Matyók, Speaks at ASU

 On March 26,  Dr. Thomas Matyók, Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center and Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, will give an evening lecture, starting at 7:00 pm (Place TBA). A renowned scholar who has taught at many universities in the U.S. and abroad, including the University of Konstanz, Germany, Matyók will reflect on the state of Peace Studies today. The ASU and general publics are invited. Free of charge and no tickets are required.

Panel discussion imageProminent Military Historian and German-Jewish Refugee Gerhard Weinberg to Speak at ASU (Rescheduled Event from September)

 On Wednesday, February 27, the Appalachian State University and broader communities are invited to a public lecture by Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, the William Rand Kenan, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lecture is entitled “Adolf Hitler and the United States: Views, Plans, and Policies and the ‘Jewish Question’” and will start at 7:00 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. The event is free of charge and no tickets are required (The lecture was originally scheduled for September 2018, but had to be canceled due to the incoming hurricane).

 

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