Geneva, NY — Robert Warren, a 1961 graduate of Hobart College and Holocaust scholar, is at Hobart and William Smith Colleges this week as the recipient of the Melvin Hill Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Warren’s visit has been scheduled in conjunction with the Colleges’ Holocaust Remembrance Week observance. He will deliver lectures to the students in religious studies and sociology classes. In addition, Warren is scheduled to meet with the faculty group planning next year’s program on genocide, as well as with various student groups.
The Visiting Professorship is given in honor of Professor Melvin Hill, an accomplished and widely admired member of the HWS English department who died in 1973. The HWS faculty established this visiting professorship in his honor; it has been occupied by a series of distinguished humanists in most years since 1973-74.
For many years, Warren has been a friend and supporter of the Colleges. He delivered a public lecture at HWS in October titled “Through a Mirror Darkly: Reflections on the Holocaust,” which told the gruesome account of the history of his friend, Charlotte Guthmann Opfermann, a Jewish-German Holocaust survivor, who was confined to a concentration camp for two years.
Warren, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a retired Wall Street attorney who has conducted an intensive Holocaust research project for the past several years. He has taught classes on the Holocaust as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in Queens, The College of Santa Fe, and the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. He is a graduate of The Columbus School of Law Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and St. John’s College in Santa Fe.