The evening will begin with a community commemoration – all are welcome! Lecture by Dr. Katz will follow.
About Dr. Steven Katz
Steven T. Katz received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He holds the Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University where he was the founding Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. He is the Academic Advisor to the 31 countries that belong to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a member and former co-chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Chair of the Holocaust Commission of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Wearing these different hats, Steve has been involved in negotiations with many governments regarding Holocaust education.
A prolific author, Katz has published numerous works on the Holocaust and Jewish philosophy and has edited and contributed to five important books on comparative mysticism, all published by Oxford University Press. He has authored over 120 articles and lectured at universities around the world and on every continent. He is the first Jewish scholar ever to be awarded a post-graduate Bachelor of Divinity degree by Cambridge University. He has also been awarded the University of Tübingen’s Lucas Prize, Honorary Doctorates by Gratz College and the University of Warwick, UK, and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Holocaust Education Foundation at Northwestern University.
His personal friendship with Elie Wiesel dates from the early 1970s and continued through the years. In 1996 Steve accepted a position at Boston University where Wiesel was a University Professor, and they worked together for almost 16 years until ill-health caused Elie to retire.