On Jan. 26 — the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day — Wagner College’s Holocaust Education & Programming Center organized a program paying tribute to Dr. Elie Wiesel H’12, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of “Night,” who spoke at the college’s 2012 commencement exercise.
The program featured:
- a keynote address by Erin McGlothlin, associate professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis;
- biographical remarks about Wiesel by Rachel Borenstein, chairwoman of the Staten Island JCC’s Cafe Europa program;
- a reading of Wiesel’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech by Wagner College students Ruth Kupperberg and Shelby Griffin, and
- readings from Elie Wiesel’s work by students Deryn Sussman and Riley Bartolomeo.
The program included the screening of a clip from a 2012 interview of Elie Wiesel conducted by Evan Smith, which aired on KLRU-TV’s “Overheard.”
Elie Wiesel’s cousin, also named Elie Wiesel, joined us for the program, lighting a memorial candle.
The evening’s moderator was art history professor Laura Morowitz, interim director of the Holocaust Center.