Lecturer on Holocaust Literature Comes to Susquehanna University
SELINSGROVE— The Jewish Studies program at Susquehanna University will present “A New Index for Time: Calendars and the Holocaust,” a lecture by Alan Rosen, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Isaacs Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Rosen is a lecturer on Holocaust literature at the International School for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem, Israel. He will explain how remembrance of the Holocaust is shaped in and by calendars, and how time is constructed and memorialized. The presentation commemorates the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 wave of riots unleashed by the Nazis against German Jews.
“His talk is not just about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, not just another commemoration lecture,” said Laurence Roth, professor of English and director of the Jewish Studies program at Susquehanna University. “It’s about how the ways we keep track of time affect our understanding of events like Kristallnacht, or even 9/11. In the West, we structure time by the Julian calendar, and too often people assume that’s the calendar the entire world uses. But there are many different calendars in the world, many different ways that cultures keep time.
“What can we learn from that diversity of time-telling? What effect does that have on human memory and on events we feel should never be forgotten? Those are some of the questions Dr. Rosen will address, and why I hope people of all faiths and perspectives will attend this lecture,” said Roth.
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Karen M. Jones