For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

Georgian Court, Jewish Federation, and Strand Theater Host Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel

Holocaust Survivor, Author, and Humanitarian to Speak on Fighting Indifference

Lakewood, N.J., July 30, 2007—Georgian Court University, the historic Strand Theater, and the Jewish Federation of Ocean County will present “Against Indifference,” an afternoon with Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, on Sunday, November 4, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. at the historic Strand Theater, Lakewood.

This special afternoon with Professor Wiesel, one of the leading figures of our time, will bring to the forefront the importance of standing up to those who would spread prejudice and hate, rather than giving in to indifference.

“This presentation launches Georgian Court’s Nonviolence Awareness Week, a series of lectures, speakers, and panels against violence in all forms. Nonviolence is one of the major platforms of the Sisters of Mercy,” says Ruth Ann Burns, vice president of marketing and external affairs for Georgian Court University.

“Bringing Elie Wiesel to Lakewood gives the community the opportunity to hear a man who lives the Mercy core values of justice, respect, compassion, service, and integrity every day of his life. He is an incredible role model for standing up for people who have no voice and using his power to focus attention on their plight,” she adds.

A survivor of both the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps operated by the Nazis during World War II, Elie Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. After the war, Professor Wiesel became a journalist and was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit or Night, which has since been translated into more than 30 languages.

“I know the audience will be inspired by seeing and hearing a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who lives his life with such courage and stands up for people around the globe who have no voice. This event promises to be an exciting afternoon, and hopefully will make people think about what they can do to make the world a better place,” says Danny Goldberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County.

In addition to educating people around the world of the horrors of the Holocaust, Professor Wiesel has also defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians, Argentina’s Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of famine and genocide in Africa, of apartheid in South Africa, and of war in the former Yugoslavia.

“The Strand Theater is pleased to partner on this historic event, which will bring a multi-ethnic, multi-religious audience of all ages together to hear a true national treasure. Our new art gallery is featuring a 40-painting exhibit depicting the 10 traumatic years of 1938 to1948. It is a perfect backdrop to Elie Wiesel’s visit,” says Theresa Beaugard, executive director of the Strand.

 

TICKET SALES:

Very limited tickets go on sale August 1 at 12 noon, and are expected to sell out, so please purchase tickets in advance. VIP tickets, which include center orchestra seating, admission to a pre-event guided art exhibit and a private post-event reception with Elie Wiesel at the Georgian Court Mansion, are $150 each. General seating tickets are $35 each. (A $4.00 service charge will be added to the cost of each ticket.)

Tickets may be purchased at www.strand.org or by calling 732.367.7789, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted, and all sales are final.

ABOUT ELIE WIESEL:

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Professor 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 also the founding president of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures and the chairman of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization he and his wife created to fight indifference, intolerance, and injustice. Professor Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.

Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor. Previously, he served as Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York (1972–1976) and the first Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in Humanities and Social Thought at Yale University (1982–1983).

Professor Wiesel is the author of more than 40 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Beggar in Jerusalem (Prix Médicis winner), The Testament (Prix Livre Inter winner), The Fifth Son (winner of the Grand Prize in Literature from the City of Paris), and two volumes of his memoirs.

For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986, Professor Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace. An American citizen since 1963, Professor Wiesel lives with his wife in Connecticut.

ABOUT GEORGIAN COURT UNIVERSITY:

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves almost 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

 

ABOUT THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OCEAN COUNTY:

The Jewish Federation of Ocean County furthers the welfare of the Jewish community; plans for the philanthropic, social, cultural, and educational advancement of the Ocean County Jewish community, and fosters cooperation amongst Ocean County Jewish organizations, committees, and individuals.

ABOUT THE HISTORIC STRAND THEATER:

Strand Ventures Inc., a nonprofit arts organization established in April 2000, makes its home in the beautifully renovated historic Strand Theater, a national historic landmark, circa 1922. The highly accessible theater, which seats up to 1,042 people, is also known as the Ocean County Center for the Arts and is located in Lakewood, New Jersey. The mission of Strand Ventures is to serve the public and artist communities of central New Jersey by providing a multifaceted center for the arts that provides accessible, high-quality, nonequity, live theater productions promoting the talents of regional artists and professional artists while delivering diversity through community-based arts programs, entertainment, popular culture, and arts education while serving as a training ground for youth and aspiring artists.

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