For those who’ve been living under a rock (or free-drip coffee machine, perhaps) these past few weeks, a brief reminder that Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel will deliver a lecture on the death penalty in Memorial Chapel tonight at 7 PM.
If you didn’t manage to secure a ticket, be aware that the lecture will be simulcast live at three locations: CFA Hall, Beckham Hall, and Goldsmith Cinema. (First come first serve, no tickets, open at 6 PM.)
Thanks to B’nai B’rith Lecture Bureau for organizing this opportunity, and click past the jump for some information on Wiesel courtesy of The Wesleyan Connection.
Wiesel’s efforts have earned him the United States Congressional Gold Medal (1985) and the Medal of Liberty Award (1986); the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992); the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor (2001); an honorary Knighthood of the British Empire awarded by Her Majesty, the Queen (2006); and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He has received more than one hundred and twenty honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning in the United States, Europe and Israel.
His more than 50 books have won numerous awards, including the Prix Médicis for A Beggar in Jerusalem, the Prix Livre Inter for The Testament and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris for The Fifth Son. The first volume of Wiesel’s memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea, was published in New York (Knopf) in December, 1995. The second volume, And the Sea is Never Full, followed the first in November, 1999. His latest novel, Un désir fou de danser, published in France in 2006, is soon to be published in English by Knopf.