C of I to host lecture by Deputy Consul of Israel

The evening of April 15 marks the start of Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—in honor of the six million Jews who perished during World War II. The day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when a group of brave Jewish youth fought against the Nazis for three weeks.

In honor of Yom HaShoah, The College of Idaho’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies will host Eyal Naor, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest region, on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Over the course of the two days, Naor will lead two public events and spend time with the C of I community, including students in the Judaic Studies Program and Political Economy Department.

Naor, who previously was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, will present an open lecture on “Israel and Geo-Politics in the Middle East ” at 11:30 a.m. on April 15 in the Sterry Hall third floor boardroom. Later, at 7 p.m. in Boone Hall room 103, Naor will introduce A Film Unfinished (Israel, 2010), which features raw footage of a long-missing Warsaw Ghetto film reel intended for Nazi propaganda. The screening is in conjunction with the C of I Judaic Studies course “History of Zionism and Modern Israel.”

“We are very excited to have Mr. Naor visit The College of Idaho campus,” said Dr. Federica Francesconi, professor for the C of I’s Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about Israeli culture, politics and history.”

The C of I is the only institution in the state holding Holocaust Remembrance Day events on April 15.

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. Lectureship events are made possible in part by challenge grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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