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Visiting scholar to lecture March 1 on ‘Failures of Ethics: Comprehending Genocide and Atrocity’ at Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will host an evening lecture titled “Failures of Ethics: Comprehending Genocide and Atrocity” by John K. Roth, Edward Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts located at 423 W. King St. on the Appalachian campus.

View larger imageJohn K. Roth, Edward Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, will speak at Appalachian’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts March 1 at 7 p.m.

This lecture is part of a collaboration between Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Davidson College’s Vann Center for Ethics, the Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University, as well as the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies at UNC Charlotte. The event is free and open to the public.

Roth is a renowned and prolific scholar of philosophy, religion and Holocaust studies. He served as the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (now the Center for Human Rights) at Claremont McKenna College.

Roth has published hundreds of articles and reviews; and authored, co-authored or edited more than 50 books, including “Approaches to Auschwitz,” “Ethics During and After the Holocaust,” “The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies,” “Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide,” “Encountering the Stranger: A Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue,” “The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities” and “Losing Trust in the World: Holocaust Scholars Encounter Torture.”

Roth has been a visiting professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. He has been honored with a Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England, and as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition to holding several honorary degrees, Roth was named the 1988 United States National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Besides serving on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, he also has received the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Holocaust Studies and Research.

For more information, contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at 828-262-2311 or holocaust@appstate.edu. See more events and news in the College of Arts and Sciences at http://cas.appstate.edu.

About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides.

About Appalachian

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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