Boston University will honor the memory of Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor, Nobel laureate, and influential teacher and lecturer, this Sunday with panel discussions and a celebration paying tribute to his legacy of peace and activism.
Wiesel (Hon.’74) dedicated his life to bearing witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, fighting for the memory of the six million Jews and countless others killed in German concentration camps during World War II.
As a teacher and writer, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and College of Arts & Sciences professor emeritus of philosophy and religion made BU his intellectual home for nearly 40 years. He helped shaped the moral compass of innumerable BU students in classes and lectures that probed fundamental questions of good and evil, love and fanaticism.
Wiesel died on July 2, 2016, in New York City at age 87.
In Memory of Elie Wiesel: A Day of Learning & Celebration will begin with a series of panel discussions about Wiesel’s teaching and writing at 9:30 a.m. at the Questrom School of Business. Panelists include Cornell William Brooks (STH’87, Hon.’15), former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who studied with Wiesel at BU, Sharon Portnoff, Elie Wiesel Professor of Judaic Studies at Connecticut College, and National Public Radio business reporter Sonari Glinton, another of Wiesel’s BU students.
After lunch, the memorial will continue at the George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall, where for decades Wiesel gave his annual fall lecture series to overflow crowds, with an event titled Celebration in Word, Image & Song. University officials, colleagues, students, and friends, as well as Wiesel’s son, Elisha, will speak, and the HaZamir Chamber Choir and BU’s Inner Strength Gospel Choir will perform. The public is welcome to attend.
The celebration was planned to coincide with Alumni Weekend 2017 to give Wiesel’s former students the chance to participate. …