Adelphi University announced that tickets have gone on sale for the exclusive program, “An Evening with Elie Wiesel”. The event with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor, author, and activist will take place on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the University’s state-of-the-art Center for Recreation and Sports, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The 1986 Nobel Committee called Mr. Wiesel a “messenger to mankind,” and he will bring his powerful words of peace, atonement, and humanity to Adelphi. Inspiring and engaging, his life story is one to be heard. His acclaimed book, Night (La Nuit), will be available for purchase at the event. The event is sponsored by the William E. Simon Lecture in American Civilization and Values Endowment.
Mr. Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher, and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world. He was born in 1928 in Transylvania, and he was only 15 years old when the Nazis deported him and his family to Auschwitz. After the war, Mr. Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. As a result, he was inspired to write about his experiences in the death camps in the internationally acclaimed memoir, Night (La Nuit). Since its publication in 1956 in Yiddish and in 1958 in French, it has been translated into more than 30 languages and millions of copies have been sold. He is the author of 36 works dealing with Judaism, the Holocaust, and the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism, and genocide. In 2006, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published a new English-language edition of Night (La Nuit) featuring a new translation by his wife Marion Wiesel.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Mr. Wiesel as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980, he became the founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is the chairman of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization he and his wife created. The Foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance, and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality. The Foundation runs multiple programs both domestically and internationally. He has dedicated his life to ensuring that none of us forget what happened to the Jewish people.
Mr. Wiesel’s literary and human rights contributions have earned him numerous awards including the United States Congressional Gold Medal (1985); the Medal of Liberty Award (1986); the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992); the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor (2001); an honorary Knighthood of the British Empire awarded by Her Majesty, the Queen (2006); and the Nobel Peace Prize (1986). He has received more than 120 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning in the United States, Europe, and Israel.
The endowment of the William E. Simon Lecture in American Civilization and Values is indicative of Mr. Simon’s dedication to educational excellence and civic responsibility. The generous gift to Adelphi created a preeminent forum for world leaders who exemplify a commitment to the culture and beliefs that have shaped America.
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Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.