Holocaust Educator to Review Future of Holocaust Studies

HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 21, 2011) – Few scholarly fields have developed in recent decades as rapidly and vigorously as Holocaust studies. At the start of the 21st century, the persecution and murder perpetrated by the Nazi regime have become the subjects of an enormous amount of literature in multiple academic disciplines and a touchstone of public and intellectual discourse in such diverse fields as politics, ethics and religion.

 John K. Roth

John K. Roth 

Drawing on the work that Peter Hayes and Dr. John K. Roth have done in publishing “The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies,” recently released by Oxford University Press, Holocaust Museum Houston will present this free public lecture in which Roth will take stock of the field of Holocaust studies, noting where work in the field has been focused, where it is likely to go in the future, and where key issues and controversies are in play.

Roth will speak on “Exploring Holocaust Studies: What Are Scholars Saying and What Difference Does It Make?” beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (now the Center for Human Rights Leadership) at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught from 1966 through 2006.

From 2007 to 2008, he served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In addition to service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and on the editorial board for “Holocaust and Genocide Studies,” he has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored or edited more than 40 books.

Roth has been a visiting professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, and his Holocaust-related research appointments have included a 2001 Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England as well as a 2004-2005 appointment as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In 1988, Roth was named U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Roth also was instrumental in drafting the interpretive texts and narration for Holocaust Museum Houston’s own Permanent Exhibition “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers.”

Roth’s lecture is presented with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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