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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
18TH JOSEPH AND REBECCA MEYERHOFF ANNUAL LECTURE
From Berlin to Ground Zero: The Construction of a Memorial Vernacular
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7-8:30 P.M.
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater
THE JOSEPH AND REBECCA MEYERHOFF ANNUAL LECTURE honors excellence in
research on the Holocaust and fosters dissemination of important, new
Holocaust scholarship. Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff of Baltimore,
Maryland, were active philanthropists in the United States and abroad,
focusing especially on Jewish learning and scholarship, music, the arts,
and humanitarian causes. Their children, Eleanor Katz and Harvey M.
Meyerhoff, member and Chairman Emeritus, United States Holocaust Memorial
Council, have endowed this lecture.
JAMES E. YOUNG is distinguished university professor in English and Judaic
Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and founding director
of the university's Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.
Professor Young is the author of numerous articles, reviews, and books,
including At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary
Art and Architecture (2000); The Texture of Memory (1993), which won the
National Jewish Book Award; and Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust
(1988), which won a Choice Outstanding Book Award. He was appointed by the
Berlin Senate in 1997 to the five-member Findungskommission for Germany's
national "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe," dedicated in 2005. He
is currently completing an insider's account of the World Trade Center
memorial process, based on his experience on the jury for the World Trade
Center Site Memorial Competition, titled The Stages of Memory at Ground
Zero: A Juror's Report on the World Trade Center Memorial Process. He will
discuss how contemporary memorialization of tragic events has been
influenced by Holocaust memorials.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Reservations are requested. RSVP online at
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