The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will host renowned scholar Dr. Debórah Dwork, who will present, “Raising Their Voices: Children’s Resistance through Diary Writing and Song,” on December 7 at 7 p.m. The lecture will focus on the theme of children’s voices and creativity during the Holocaust as a form of resistance.
Dr. Dwork is the Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University, currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She envisioned and grew the Strassler Center at Clark University into the pre-eminent institution for doctoral training in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. She is widely considered a leading authority in the field of Holocaust education.
“We are honored and excited to host Professor Dwork,” says Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. “As one of the first historians to chronicle the experiences of children, Professor Dwork will deepen our understanding of our annual theme, which focuses on children in the Holocaust.”
“Raising Their Voices” will take place at 7 p.m., December 7 at the University of Pittsburgh in the Frick Fine Arts Building (650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260). Tickets are also available to attend a private reception with Dr. Dwork at 6 p.m., also in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Tickets for the reception and lecture are $36; General Admission Tickets for the lecture only are $18, and free for students (with valid student ID) and Holocaust survivors. Tickets can be purchased online at: https://jfedpgh.org/dwork-reception
Earlier in the day, Dr. Dwork will also be leading a teacher training program at the Holocaust Center (826 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217) on hidden children of the Holocaust. Act 48 credit is available for educators who participate in this training. Visit http://hcofpgh.org/teacher-training/ for more information and registration.
About the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
Established in 1981, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (http://hcofpgh.org) was created by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh as a living memorial and a comprehensive resource center to help people throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia learn about the Holocaust and to help counter intolerance and hate in all its forms. Through education, events and programming, the Center engages with other organizations, individuals and institutions to convey the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust and its lessons.
About the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh
The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.jewishstudies.pitt.edu/) is an interdisciplinary program in the School of Arts and Sciences. It was founded in 1973 to offer courses and academic programs devoted to the exploration of Jewish history, culture, religion, thought, and literary and artistic expression. The program is the largest academic program offering courses in Jewish studies in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio.