May 5, 2000 Geneva, NY – Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor, acclaimed author, and Boston University professor, will be featured at the Hobart and William Smith lecture titled “An Evening With Elie Wiesel” held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
The event will mark the conclusion of the HWS Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series that has brought more than 20 speakers to campus this academic year.
Tickets for “An Evening With Elie Wiesel” will become available to the public on Monday, May 8, through the Smith Opera House box office for $5. The box office can be reached at (315) 781-5483.
The author of more than 30 books, most notably Night (1960) and most recently The Forgotten (1992), Wiesel has earned numerous accolades for his lifelong work promoting human rights, combating ethnic and religious violence, and exposing political oppression. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 1986, his efforts have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor.
Wiesel received the Doctor of Humane Letters in 1982 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges when he was the Commencement speaker.
Appointed in 1978 as Chairman of President Carter's Commission on the Holocaust, Wiesel later served as founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. A native of Signet, Transylvania (Romania), Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazi army to the Aushwitz concentration camp when he was 15 years old, where his mother and younger sister perished. After the war, he studied in Paris and later became a journalist.
Wiesel is the founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor. An American citizen since 1963, Wiesel lives in New York City with his wife and son.