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Posted March 3, 1997
Holocaust survivor, peace advocate and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel will be the next featured speaker in the Great Names at Hamilton Series. The highly decorated author and human rights activist will speak on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The talk is free and open to the general public.

As with previous Great Names events, the College will provide reserved seats for school and civic groups of 20 or more. The College will also provide shuttle bus service from parking lots in the village of Clinton. For more information, contact Hamilton student activities at 315 859-4194.

A native of Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz when he was 15. His mother and younger sister died there. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald where his father died beside him. His personal experience of the Holocaust led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.

Wiesel's efforts have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and also received an honorary doctorate from Hamilton.

The author of more than 35 books, Wiesel has won the Prix Medicis, the Prix Livre Inter and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris. His first book, La Nuit (Night) has been translated into 25 languages. Other books include A Beggar in Jerusalem, The Testament, The Fifth Son, and Sages and Dreamers.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Wiesel chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, and later as founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He has been the distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York, and the first Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in the Humanities and Social Thought at Yale.

Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he also holds the title of university professor. He lives in New York with his wife Marion and son Elisha.

Wiesel's presentation in the Great Names series follows talks by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and political strategists Mary Matalin and James Carville. While on campus, he will participate in a class and meet students and faculty for dinner and a reception.


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