Elie Wiesel to speak at Snow College
By Jessica Ravitz For The Salt Lake Tribune
 

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace laureate often credited with doing more to heighten global Holocaust awareness than any other human being, will speak in Utah on Monday.

Wiesel, 77, is an internationally acclaimed humanitarian, activist, professor and author of more than 40 books. His memoir, Night, depicts his journey during the Holocaust - from his home in Sighet, Transylvania (part of Romania, but under Hungarian rule from August 1940 until the 1947 Treaty of Paris), to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, to liberation, and all the horrors in between. Night, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, is currently on The New York Times best-seller list, after being selected as an Oprah's Book Club pick.

He is coming to Utah from his New York home to deliver the Grace A. Tanner Lecture on Human Values at Snow College's Ephraim campus, where he'll also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. The fact that Wiesel will grace the Snow campus is a coup for President Michael Benson, who said this will be the first Nobel Prize winner to speak at the school.

Benson said that with the help of his good friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, best-selling author and host of TLC's "Shalom in the Home," the effort to secure Wiesel's visit - something the pair first tried to pull off in 2002 - finally came to fruition. And the college president, for one, couldn't be happier.

"We're a small rural college, and this is a big deal for us," Benson said this week. "It's something the community is never going to forget."
Before heading to Ephraim, Wiesel will speak at an invitation-only luncheon that will include Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. The lecture at Snow College is free and open to the public.

jravitz@sltrib.com

Attend a lecture by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the Grace A. Tanner Lecture on Human Values on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (Jorgensen Hall) on Snow College's Ephraim campus, 200 E. Center St. Before his speech, titled "Forgiveness," Wiesel will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. The free event is open to the public.