Spring 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021 • 4:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Judith Bihaly will share her powerful story of how her mother survived Auschwitz, but her father died in forced labor in the Hungarian Army. Judith Bihaly herself survived by being hidden in a Catholic girls’ school when she was nine; her twin brother Andrew survived by being hidden in a juvenile detention center. They didn’t know that they were Jewish. Judith Bihaly will talk about identity, her brother’s fate, and about surviving without knowing who she was. This program is co-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.  Registration is required.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 • 7:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
The Armenian Genocide and the Modern Age: Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration
Dr. Peter Balakian will discuss how and why the Armenian Genocide became a template for genocide committed in a modern modality and why it is a landmark event in the history of modern mass violence. Peter Balakian is the author of seven books of poems, four books of prose, and two translations. Ozone Journal, his most recent poetry collection, won the 2016 Pultizer Prize. Vice and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art, and Culture was published in 2016. Balakian’s highly acclaimed memoir Black Dog of Fate (1997) received the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir and was a New York Times Notable Book. The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response received the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times and National Bestseller as well as a New York Times Notable Book. He is also the author of Theodore Roethke’s Far Fields (1989). His translation with Aris Sevag of Grigoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide was a Washington Post book of the year. This program is organized and sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Registration is required.