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‘Searching for God in Godforsaken Times’

HWS Genocide lecture series welcomes author and educator Hubert G. Locke

(April 1, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– In his most recent book, Hubert G. Locke recounts his personal struggles in the face of three major life experiences — the death of his parents, his life as a black American and his preoccupation with the Nazi Holocaust. For Locke, these experiences present a serious challenge to conventional Christian teaching. They have forced him to re-examine scripture–in which he has discovered a remarkable congeniality between biblical writers and skeptics.

On Monday, April 19, Locke leads a discussion on this topic titled “Searching for God in Godforsaken Times and Places: Reflections on the Holocaust, Racism and Death.” The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Locke is the founder of the annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches and former dean and professor at the University of Michigan. He has devoted more than three decades to studying and writing about the Holocaust, race, criminal justice, religion and public policy.

Within the Greater Rochester area, Locke will present three additional lectures on April 19 and 20. With the exception of a $10 fee for a vegetarian meal at the April 20 lunchtime talk–call (585) 461-0490 for reservations–these events also are free and the public is invited.

  • “The Holocaust as a Touchstone for Affirming Diversity” at noon on April 19, Monroe Community College's Damon City Campus, Room 4-151

  • “The Holocaust and the Crisis of the Christian Conscience” at noon on April 20, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Strong Hall

  • “Where was God During the Holocaust?” at 7 p.m. on April 20, MCC's Theatre Building 4

The HWS event is sponsored by the Colleges Human Rights and Genocide Lecture Series, Hillel and the John Ehrlich '66 Lecture Fund in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Days.