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Gross Center For Holocaust & Genocide Studies Events Fall 2017

All programs are free and open to the public!

Tuesday, September 26, 1:45 p.m. Robert A. Scott Student Center (Alumni Lounges, SC 158)
Making Atrocity Prevention a Reality
Dr. Tibi Galis, Executive Director
Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, New York

Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m. Birch Mansion, York Room
The Mischlinge Project: Multimedia Performance Centering around One
Family’s History of Intermarriage in the Third Reich.
Carolyn Enger, Concert Pianist, New York

Friday, October 20, 1:45 p.m. Robert A. Scott Student Center (Alumni Lounges, SC 156)
Lisbon, the Port of Last Resort, and the Jewish Refugee Crisis of World War II
Marion Kaplan, Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, New York University

Friday, October 27, 1:45 p.m. Robert A. Scott Student Center (Alumni Lounges, SC 156)
On the Run from Hitler in the Soviet Union: A Conversation about Memoir and History
Prof. Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union, New York City
Prof. Ellen G. Friedman, The College of New Jersey

Thursday, November 16, 9 a.m-3 p.m. Trustees Pavilion (PAV1&2)
Gumpert Teachers Workshop
In cooperation with and supported by the N.J. State Commission on Holocaust Education
Neighbors on Neighbors: Complicity in Genocide

SSHGS Film Series Events Fall 2017

Raoul Peck, Wednesday October 11, 1:30 pm screening, 3:00 pm discussion; Berrie Center, Sharp Theater

Join us for a film screening followed by a provocative talk and discussion with award winning director and political activist Raoul Peck. Raoul Peck (born in Haiti 1953) has made over 20 films, ranging from experimental to documentary, to mainstream feature in style. One of the leading human rights-focused filmmakers, Peck is also one of the great masters of cinema technique today. He is president of the French state film school, and during 1996-7 was Minister of Culture in Haiti. His film I Am Not Your Negro, based on the words of African-American writer James Baldwin, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. Peck’s visit is a unique opportunity for the Ramapo college community to meet a modern film master in person and also to reflect upon civil rights debates from the 1960s that continue to be relevant in America today.

Readings at Ramapo Series Events Fall 2017

David Galef, Master Class on Flash Fiction Wednesday, 9/20, 4 PM – 5 PM, B-225

David Galef is an American fiction writer, critic, poet, translator, and essayist because he can’t seem to make up his mind what to specialize in, though he’s been a writer for 40 years. He has published over fifteen books, from novels and short story collections and children’s books to poetry books, criticism, and translation. A few highlights: His third novel, How to Cope with Suburban Stress, was one of Kirkus’ 30 Best Books of 2007. His second short story collection, My Date with Neanderthal Woman, won Dzanc Books’ inaugural short story collection prize, and the title story was performed at Selected Shorts at Symphony Space. His latest book is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook. Galef is a professor of English and the creative writing program director at Montclair State University.

Ada Limon, Reading Thursday, 10/26, 7:30 PM -8:30 PM, York Room

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

Sarah Blackman and John Pursley III, Thursday, 11/2 Q&A 4:30-5:30, Pavilion, Joint Reading 6:30-7:30, Pavilion

Sarah Blackman is the director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts magnet school in Greenville, South Carolina where she lives with the poet John Pursley III and their two daughters. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high school age writers. Her poetry and prose has been published or is forthcoming in APR, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Oxford American, and The Georgia Review, among other magazines. Her short story collection, Mother Box, was the winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award and was published by Fc2 in 2013. Her novel, Hex, was published by the same press in 2016.

John Pursley III teaches contemporary literature and poetry at Clemson University. He is the author of the poetry collection, If You Have Ghosts, as well as the chapbooks, A Story without Poverty and A Conventional Weather, among others. In addition he works as the poetry editor of Burnside Review and is an assistant editor for the South Carolina Review. His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Kenyon Review and Mississippi Review.