Commemoration Speakers to Explore Media Coverage of Genocide

March 29, 2005

OGDEN, Utah – "(Un)covering Genocide: How the Media Cover Mass Killings," will be the focus of Weber State University's 11th Annual Holocaust Commemoration April 7-22.

The commemoration begins at noon, April 7, with "Media Coverage of the Holocaust" presented by Holocaust scholar Benyamin Korn. The series will also include presentations by broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, Amnesty International USA Director William Schulz, and Schindler's list and Holocaust survivor, Zev Kedem.

Beginning April 7 in the Diversity Center there will be a photo display of Darfur, Sudan – where the current situation has been labeled genocide by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Activities will also include a ceremony recognizing Sen. Elbert Thomas's (D-Utah) efforts in the U.S. Senate to protect European Jews during the Holocaust, as well as two screenings of the movie "Schindler's List" on April 15.

All events are free and the public is invited to attend.

This year's speakers include:

Benyamin Korn is an active scholar of the Holocaust. He currently works as the associate director of the David S. Wyman Institute of Holocaust Studies in Melrose Park, Pa., where he examines America's response to the Holocaust through research, education and publishing in the print and electronic media. He will discuss "Media Coverage of the Holocaust" in his presentation at WSU.
He has also been the executive editor of two Jewish publications, the Miami Jewish Tribune and the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.

Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Pacifica Radio's show "Democracy Now!" since its launch in 1996, is an award-winning journalist known for her on-site, investigative coverage of events in East Timor, Nigeria and Peru. She will present "Independent Media in a Time of War." Goodman has won numerous journalism awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, United Press International and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio's New York station, WBAI, and produced the station's evening news for 10 years.

William Schulz has served as the executive director of Amnesty International USA, an organization dedicated to human rights, since 1994. He will present "Darfur, Sudan: The World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis," where he will discuss his 2004 investigative mission to Sudan.
He also is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and has served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations for eight years. Schulz's book, "Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights," was published in 2003.

Zev Kedem's life changed dramatically at the age of 5 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, his homeland. For the next six years, Kedem spent all of his energy on survival. From the time he was 8 until he was 11, Kedem lived in six concentration camps. He survived by being placed on industrialist Oskar Schindler's list, and was sent to Czechoslovakia. Finally, on May 3, 1945, he was freed by the U.S. Army. He will present "Schindler's List: A Survivor Celebrates Life."
Today, Kedem is an independent filmmaker. He consulted on and appeared in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List."


Commemoration Schedule

April 7-22 
"Pictures Speak Louder than Words"
Diversity Center, Photo display of Darfur

April 7
Benyamin Korn   "Media Coverage of the Holocaust"
Noon, Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater

April 8
Reading of "Senator Elbert Thomas Day" Proclamation
11 a.m., Special Collections Area, Stewart Library
This event will be a small ceremony with Thomas' descendants and local civic leaders for a reading of a proclamation declaring April 8 as "Senator Elbert Thomas Day." The ceremony will honor the former U.S. Senator from Utah who fought to protect European Jews during the Holocaust.

April 12
Amy Goodman  "Independent Media in a Time of War"  
Noon, Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater

April 14
William Schulz   "Darfur, Sudan: The World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis"  
7 p.m., Shepherd Union, 338-340

April 15
"Schindler's List" Reel Life Series
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater

April 20
Zev Kedem  "Schindler's List: A Survivor Celebrates Life"  
Noon, Shepherd Union Ballroom

Contact:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu
Author:
Travis Clemens, office of Media Relations
(801) 626-7948 · travisclemens@weber.edu

Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah 84408

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