Peace Studies Program to Host Holocaust Speakers

Monday, March 14, 2011

Westminster College's Peace Studies Program will host Holocaust speakers Meirav Manes and Rami Hochman for a presentation Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The program is free and open to the public.

Manes and Hochman, who are from the Ghetto Fighters' House (Yad Layeled) Museum in Western Galilee, Israel, will speak on "The circle of active memory is about to be closed…"

The Ghetto Fighters' House Museum, established in 1949, is not only the first Holocaust museum in the world, but is also the first of its kind to be founded by Holocaust survivors.  This presentation will feature the museum's unique artifacts and exhibitions as the speakers address commemoration and stories of the past in light of the present.

In addition to the presentation, Manes and Hochman will speak to students in a cluster course on understanding diversity - "Psychology of Prejudice" class taught by Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster assistant professor of psychology, and "Minority-Majority Relations" taught by Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, professor of sociology - and will visit classes in Westminster's Department of Education.

The program is supported by Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  Visit for more information about the Drinko Center and its programs.
Contact Pataki at (724) 946-7361 or e-mail for additional information.

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Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Meirav Manes


Rami Hochman