Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Center has educated students and the community for a quarter century.

HGI Center signage in O'Malley LibraryManhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall, in honor of its founder, Frederick M. Schweitzer, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history. 

A celebratory gala will take place on Sunday, October 24 at 5 p.m. on campus in the Kelly Commons at 3900 Waldo Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10463.

Speakers will include:

  • Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., chair of HGI board
  • Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College
  • Frederick Schweitzer, Ph.D., founder of HGI
  • Jeff Horn, Ph.D., past director of HGI
  • Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., current director

Guest speaker: 

  • Elisha Wiesel, chairman of an Israeli fintech start-up vendor management firm The Floor. He is the son of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner who documented the horrors he witnessed in concentration camps as a teenage boy.

First-year students will be available as docents for a tour of the Herman and Leah Ziering Archive Collections housed at the O’Malley Library.

In order to attend the gala, all guests must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of vaccination must be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination, and can be displayed on your smartphone, by presenting a physical copy or by using the New York State Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.

Purchase tickets or make a donation here. For more information about the event, please contact Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu

By Pete McHugh