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FAU Presents Two Lectures on Holocaust Studies

  BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 17, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will present two lectures on Holocaust Studies in January. The first lecture, “What We Remember, What We Forget: Memory and Trauma in Post-Holocaust Literary Representation,” will be presented by Victoria Aarons, Ph.D., the O.R. and Eva Mitchell Endowed Chair in Literature at Trinity University on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. The second lecture, “In the Name of God,” will be presented by Miriam Ferber, a “hidden child” of the Holocaust, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. Both lectures will take place in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades Road, FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Among other titles, Victoria Aarons is the author of “A Measure of Memory: Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction” and “What Happened to Abraham?: Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction,” both of which received a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book. Her work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals, essay collections and reference works, including the two-volume compendium Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. Aarons forthcoming book is titled “The New Diaspora: The Changing Face of American Jewish Fiction.”

Ferber, who was born Miriam Sara Monczyk, was born in 1942 and given away as a 7- month-old infant to a Polish family. They became her family, the only parents she knew. She stayed in Poland until the age of 19 when she came to the United States as an exchange student. She attended Stern College in New York.

The lectures are presented by FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and co-sponsored by Alan L. Berger, Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies and director, study for the Center of Values and Violence after Auschwitz. For more information, call 561-297-2979.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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