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October 2021

Jews of Color Count

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Dr. Esther Grushkin Center for Arts + Culture, Ms. Ginna Green, a political strategist, former Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, and a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, will share her vision of a vibrant, equitable, multiracial Jewish community.

For information, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

The Holocaust and the Law

October 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

From the Nuremberg Racial Laws to Nazi Death Camps, legislative acts undermined democracy. Legal professionals, including lawyers and judges, were implicated in expropriation of property and genocide. This program will introduce aspects of the consequences of erosion of rule of law and why it matters to legal professionals today.

The presentation will be by Charles DeStefano, Esq. with an introduction by Professor Esser, PhD, JD.

Charles DeStefano, Esq., received his Doctor of Law degree from Pace University School of Law (1986) and his BA from Fordham University (Pre-Law Studies). He interned at the United Nations during college. Over the past 33 years, Charles has represented over 6,000 clients through trials, arbitrations, mediations, or negotiations in all matters involving personal injury. He has been elected to serve as the President of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association and to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond County Bar Association. He is the Founder of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Summer Youth Internship Program. He will introduce the program with photos and letters related to the liberation of Buchenwald subcamp Ohrdruf taken by his uncle Frank LaBella, a combat soldier with the Fourth Armored Tank Division led by General George Patton.

If attendance exceeds the capacity of Union 201 this event will move to Spiro 2.

More than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, was the Olympic champion who defeated Nazi ideology in Hitler’s stadium. He later served on the Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. His grandson, Stuart Owen Rankin, who will be in dialogue with Lori Weintrob, historian and Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center. Representing the International Olympics Committee on the panel is Anita L. DeFrantz, a US Olympic medalist and Vice-President of the IOC.

Sponsored by the Sousa Mendes Foundation, this event will be moderated by Robert Jacobvitz.

Event will be held via Zoom. For more information or to register visit sousamendesfoundation.org/event/jesse-owens.

For questions, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

November 2021

Wagner International Film Festival

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Foundation Hall Manzulli Board Room

Wagner International Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates the many faces of contemporary cinema by inviting international filmmakers to screen and discuss their work with members of the Wagner community.

The 2021 edition--the first since the beginning of the pandemic--features filmmakers Omar Elhamy and Nele Wohaltz on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Please write to philip.cartelli@wagner.edu with any questions.

Wagner International Film Festival

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Foundation Hall Manzulli Board Room

Wagner International Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates the many faces of contemporary cinema by inviting international filmmakers to screen and discuss their work with members of the Wagner community.

The 2021 edition--the first since the beginning of the pandemic--features filmmakers Omar Elhamy and Nele Wohaltz on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Please write to philip.cartelli@wagner.edu with any questions.

6th Annual Egon J. Salmon Kristallnacht Celebration

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Foundation Hall Manzulli Board Room

Please join us for the 6th Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the S.S. St. Louis entitled BEYOND ANNE FRANK: Hiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands

Featuring special guest speaker: Lore Baer Azaria, Holocaust survivor and art therapist, whose experiences are featured in the 1997 children's book: Hidden from the Nazis by David Adler (1997) and in the film Secret Lives: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during WWII (2003), directed by Avivia Slesin.

Members of the Wagner College community are welcome to attend the ceremony in-person in Manzulli Board Room. All others are encouraged to join the event via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link RSVP HERE.

Luncheon in honor of Rabbi Samuel Kastel, Dan Glassman, and Dr. Lori Weintrob

November 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Wagner College Holocaust Center at a luncheon honoring Rabbi Samuel Kastel, Dan Glassman, and our very own director, Dr. Lori Weintrob.

This event will be held at Congregation B'nai Jeshrun, 275 Martling Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

Tickets are available ($75/pp). For more information or to purchase tickets visit the CBJ website at https://gala.cbjsi.com/2021/.

Empowering Women: Lessons from a Survivor of Genocide

November 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:50 pm

This event will feature speaker Consolee Nishimwe, global human rights activist and author of Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope.

Zoom registration info to follow.

For information, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

December 2021

International Poetry Night

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Harbor View Hall Gatehouse Lounge

Songs of the Golden Age: Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Location: 330 7th Ave)

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wagner College's Opera Workshop, directed by Vincent Grana will perform classics from Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Location: Opera America, 330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Faculty and Students Free with ID
General Admission: $20

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