HGI Center Celebrates 25 Years with Full Fall Schedule

On October 5, the Center will host the authors of “We Refuse to be Enemies,” a story about an unlikely friendship.

11.12.19-HGI-Exhibit-Opening-in-OMalley-Library-Milano127.jpgThe Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center at Manhattan College is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, after its founding in 1996.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and face masks are required for all in-person attendees. 

To kick off its 25th year of programming and education, the Center will host four events during the fall 2021 semester. 

Tuesday, October 5, 7 p.m., virtual 
"We Refuse to be Enemies" 

Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby are the co-authors of “We Refuse to be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time.” The event will be a conversation between Rehman, a Muslim woman, and Ruby, a Jewish man, about their common bond.

All virtual attendees are invited to pre-register via Zoom. 

Sunday, October 24, 5 p.m., Kelly Commons, 5th floor
25th Anniversary HGI Gala

Join us for a celebratory gala commemorating the 25th anniversary of the HGI center in honor of the Center’s founder, Frederick M. Schweitzer, Ph.D. Special guests and speakers include Elisha Wiesel and past directors. First-year students also will be available as docents for a tour of the Herman and Leah Ziering Archive Collections housed at the O’Malley Library.

You must register and purchase tickets in order to attend the Gala dinner and event (in person or virtually). For more details, visit the event website.    

Tuesday, October 26, 3:30 p.m., Kelly Commons, 5th floor
“The COVID-19 Pandemic and Our Lasallian Mission: A Campus-Wide Reflection"

This discussion will reflect upon the impact of COVID-19 and how Manhattan College’s mission of social justice has been affected. It is co-sponsored with the Peace and Justice Studies department.  

Wednesday, November 10, 7 p.m., virtual
Annual Kristallnacht Lecture: "BOYKOTT! April 1, 1933: Spectatorship and the Exclusion of Jews from the German Community"

The annual Kristallnacht and Frederick Schweitzer Lecture will feature guest speaker Peter Fritzsche, Ph.D., professor of history from the University of Illinois. All attendees are invited to pre-register.

This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College and the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College.

For more information about any of the HGI Center’s fall events, contact Mehnaz Afridi, director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu

By Pete McHugh