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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.

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