November 4, 2018; 2:00pm – Baxt Holocaust Lecture – This year’s Baxt Lecture is being delivered by Michael Bryant, Professor of History and Legal Studies at Bryant University. He will examine the Holocaust as a catalyst in the enforcement of human rights after World War II. Before 1945, individuals had no rights under international law; after 1945, these same persons enjoyed rights under numerous conventions and treaties. Not only could they pursue civil remedies against governments that had harmed them, but new judicial bodies applying international criminal law arose to hold government actors accountable for their crimes. This revolution in the defense of human rights is conceivable only against the backdrop of the Holocaust and its searing impact on the human conscience. The Baxt Lecture is at the Cranston Public Library on Sockanosset Cross Rd. and is free and open to the public.
November 4, 2018; 4:30pm – The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: The Continuing Controvery – As part of the Annual Meeting of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations the PC Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange presents a keynote lecture by Dr. David Kertzer, who is the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University. Responses will be given by Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman of Providence College and Dr. Matthew Tapie of St. Leo University. A reception with kosher options will follow in the Aquinas Lounge. Open to the public.
November 17, 2018; 11:30am – Arguing With God: The Theology of Elie Wiesel – Dr. Claire Sufrin, Asst. Dir. of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University will deliver this year’s Romney Wegner Lecture. Dr. Sufrin will discuss the literary works of Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who dedicated his life to making sure the world knew about the horrors of the Holocaust. RSVPs appreciated at: teprov.org
November 18, 2018; 2:00pm – Not Your Average Book Club – Join us for a discussion of Elie Weisel’s book “Night”, one of the first books to openly discuss the events of the Holocaust. Prior to its publication almost no one was openly speaking about their experiences but afterwards people began to slowly open up and come forward with their stories. The discussion will be led by Barbara Wahlberg B.S, M.A.T, M. Ed, who has been teaching this text for many years. Barbara is also the Vice President of Education for the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center. This event is being held at the Bornstein Center.
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