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3/6/2007 Former Holocaust Memorial Museum director to speak at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - An award-winning author, historian and teacher will speak about the Holocaust during the upcoming Frazee lecture at Linfield College.

Michael Berenbaum, the former project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will present "Lessons from the Holocaust for Interfaith Dialogue" on Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Following the presentation, a panel of four Linfield students will respond to Berenbaum's remarks. Panelists include freshmen Mohammed Al-Darwish and Kira Goodkin, sophomore Alia Eraky and 2006 Linfield graduate Anthony Kesler.

From 1988 to 1993, Berenbaum oversaw the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He also served as director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman adjunct professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the University of Judaism, where he is an adjunct professor of theology.

Berenbaum is the author and editor of 16 books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces. He is the author of "After Tragedy and Triumph" and "A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors," among others. He is the executive editor of the "New Encyclopedia Judaica." For his work in journalism, he won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times. He has been featured on Nightline, the Today Show and National Public Television.

Berenbaum's work has extended to film as well. He was co-producer of "One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story," recognized with an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and the Cable Ace Award. Over the years, he has served as a historical consultant for a variety of movies and programs on HBO, NBC and the History Channel.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Queens College and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University.

The program is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield Religious Studies Department. For more information, call 503-883-2456.