C of I set to host Judaic Studies lecture Feb. 19

In 1945, the Allied Forces liberated the last of the Nazi concentration camps. But 70 years later, we continue to learn more about the estimated 11 million people who perished in the Holocaust. 

On Feb. 19, The College of Idaho’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies will host University of Utah Professor Janet Kaufman for a special presentation titled “Tell All the Truth: Children’s Literature and the Holocaust.” The 7 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public in Room 203 of the Marty Holly Athletics Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

Teaching from children's literature about the Holocaust, Professor Kaufman strives to inform children and bring them into a larger conversation. The process also addresses adult concerns of how we disseminate knowledge, tell stories, and care for history, for our own society, and for each other.  Emily Dickinson's famous poem admonishes, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” Most children’s literature about the Holocaust does exactly that, Kaufman says. But some of the literature, written by children themselves or by those who were child survivors, speaks vividly of the horror inflicted.

The lecture will explore how literature by and for children raises questions on how we find expression and empathy for trauma, how we educate ourselves and each other, and how we ultimately use this literature. The presentation will be followed by refreshments.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies brings dignitaries, scholars and public figures to campus to speak about Jewish religion, interfaith dialogue, culture, history, arts and current events. It is a vital piece of the College’s recently-established Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, which was created to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.

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