A Conversation with Elie Wiesel
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Called a "messenger to mankind," Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel will visit the University of Chicago. He will be interviewed by David Axelrod, director of the UChicago Institute of Politics. Wiesel will discuss his lifelong dedication to addressing the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. In his words, “When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.”
Born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, now a part of Romania, he was 15 years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During this time he wrote his internationally acclaimed memoir, "La Nuit" (or "Night"), which has since been translated into more than 30 languages.
A devoted supporter of Israel, Elie Wiesel has also defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians, Argentina’s Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of famine in Africa, victims of apartheid in South Africa, and victims of war in the former Yugoslavia and Darfur.
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than 60 books of fiction and non-fiction. For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. He is the Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and he is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor. In 1986, he and his wife established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
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This event is free and open to UChicago students, faculty, staff and the public. If you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket order on Eventbrite so others may register. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. After 5:45 p.m., if you have not arrived, your seat will be given to a guest waiting on standby on a first-come, first-served basis.