Renowned Experts on Israel, Holocaust Inaugurate New Jewish Studies Program

A top Israeli spokesman on foreign policy and an Academy Award-winning expert on the Holocaust are coming to campus this weekend to highlight the inauguration of the University's Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program.

On Sunday, March 8, the Honorable Daniel Shek, Israeli Consul General of San Francisco, will speak on "Israel and America's Strategic Relationship and the Importance of Jewish Studies." His speech will be at 3 p.m. in the Ruth Rowland Recital Hall, PAC 134. A reception will follow Shek's address.

On Monday, March 9, Michael Berenbaum, president and chief executive officer of the Steven Spielberg-founded Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, will speak on "The Place of the Holocaust in Jewish History, in Human History." His speech will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ayres 120.

Before joining the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco, Shek was the spokesman and director of the Press Department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shek has also been the spokesman and press counselor for the Embassy of Israel in France, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry, and member of the Israeli Delegation to the UN.

Berenbaum was the director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 1993 to 1997. He has appeared as a Holocaust expert on "60 Minutes," "Nightline," and "20/20."

Berenbaum won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 1996 for "One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story." The documentary, which also appeared on HBO, also won an Emmy Award for Best Informational Program and a CableAce award for Best Educational or Instructional Special.

Berenbaum is one of the leading experts in the world on Auschwitz and the Holocaust. He is the author of "The World Must Know: A History of the Holocaust," and "The Vision of the Void: Theological Reflections on the Works of Elie Wiesel," and is co-editor of "Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp."

"Mr. Shek and Dr. Berenbaum are two internationally known experts on Israel and Jewish life and history," said communication Professor Sam Edelman, head of CSU, Chico's Modern Jewish and Israel Studies program. "We are very fortunate to have them come to Chico to speak."


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