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April 26, 2017

Events honoring Judith Baskin

Plenary Talk and Dessert Reception

“Distinguishing Egg White From Semen:

Rabbinic Forensics and the Medieval Afterlives of a Talmudic Passage”

A Plenary Talk By Dr. Judith Baskin,

Knight Professor for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences

May 24th


Ford Alumni Ballroom

Dessert reception to follow


May 23rd, 9:00-3:30, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

May 24th, 9:00-3:30, Knight Library Browsing Room

April 13, 2017

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April  

By Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784,

Contact: Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265,

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. In her talk at OSU, Knowles will draw on survivor testimony and her extensive research on concentration camps and ghettos in order to explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college’s research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

March 6, 2017

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

A Rock Opera by Alicia Jo Rabins

FREE Performance

Wednesday, March 8

7pm, Redwood Auditorium, EMU

FREE Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 9

12pm, Knight Law School Rm. 142

Sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, School of Law, Schnitzer Cinema, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and the Oregon Humanities Center.


January 29, 2017

“The Jewish Virtue of Manliness: Maccabean Judea between Greece and Rome”

Professor Kevin L. Osterloh, Ancient History & Religions, Oregon State University

Thursday, February 16th

4:00 pm

Susan Campbell Hall 111

This event is sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Free and open to the public.

January 27, 2017

Look to Norway!

The Nazi Occupation of Norway in Hollywood Wartime Cinema, 1942-1945

Friday, January 27

3:00 p.m.

Knight Library Browsing Room

Lecture by Arne Lunde, Associate Professor in the Scandinavian Section UCLA Los Angeles, California

Sponsored by the Anderson Scandinavian Studies Fund

Free and open to the public

November 5, 2016

“Israeli History X”

Join us Thursday, November 17 for a lecture by visiting Professor Daniel Fridberg!

Many studies have demonstrated that ongoing violent conflicts often cause those involved to identify more with their own group identity and to engage in ever increasing hostile attitudes and behaviors toward the “other” group. But what about those who turn away from violence? What are the reasons and implications for their identity and social position? Daniel Fridberg, a peacebuilding practitioner working on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, will discuss his work with Israeli soldiers who choose to disobey orders or object to continuing their military service altogether after being stationed among the Palestinian civil population.Israeli History X

September 22, 2016

“Who is a Jew? Who is a Samaritan?”

Join us Tuesday, October 18 for a lecture by visiting Professor Menachem Mor!

May 9, 2016

Celebration of Life for Jack Sanders

Jack Sanders

The Jack T. Sanders Celebration of Life at the University of Oregon will take place on Thursday, May 12, beginning at 10 am in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Both Jack’s wife of over thirty-six years, Susan Elizabeth Plass, and Jack’s son, Collin Thomas Sanders, will be in attendance. Around 11:15 am, the group will proceed from the library to a location nearby for the planting of a flowering dogwood tree dedicated to Jack’s memory. Afterward, a buffet lunch will be served in the Browsing Room of Knight Library. At 4 pm that day in Chiles 128 (corner of Kincaid and 13th), former colleague Daniel Falk will deliver a lecture entitled “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Everyone is welcome to attend any and all of these free public events on May 12th.

Thursday, May 12th

Knight Library Browsing Room

10:00 am Celebration of Life

11:15 am Tree Planting

11:45 am Lunch Buffet

The Myth of The Dead Sea Scrolls

Daniel Falk

Gaston Lecture presented by Dr. Daniel Falk, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, May 12, 2016

4:00 pm

Chiles 128

April 25, 2016

Healing at Dachau: One Physician’s Reflections on Liberation

Presentation by Clarice Wilsey


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

7:00 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library

1501 Kincaid St.

David B. Wilsey, M.D. was one of 27 physicians that liberated Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945. He spent the next 5 plus weeks providing medical care to former prisoners who experienced starvation, typhus, typhoid and malnutrition. He documented his medical and personal thoughts in the many letters he sent home to his wife. To his patients he was a light amidst the evil and cruelty caused by the Nazis.

Clarice Wilsey will read from the letters and describe the work and thoughts of her remarkable father.

Refreshments provided

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the Singer Family.


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