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Nov. 27, 2007

Holocaust survivor, famous author Elie Wiesel to speak at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Elie Wiesel, a human rights activist, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will speak at Birmingham-Southern College Nov. 28.

Wiesel will deliver the 2007 Alex P. Stirling Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall.

The Stirling Lecture is sponsored annually by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

Wiesel became an acclaimed journalist following World War II after surviving the Nazis concentration camp in Auschwitz where his mother, younger sister and father perished. His most famous literary work, “Night,” is a memoir of his experiences in the concentration camp and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Currently, he serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he teaches Literature of Memory. He has served as a visiting scholar at Yale University, a Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City College of New York, and has received more than 120 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.

His dedication is life has been to be an outspoken leader on the plight of groups around the world who have suffered persecution and death due to race, religion, creed, or national origin. He was the founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and the founding president of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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