Wyman Institute News & Events – October/November 2016


OCTOBER 31:  Wyman Institute Arts & Letters Council member Prof. Thane Rosenbaum will speak on “The Tragic, Comic, and Surreal World in Thane Rosenbaum’s Fiction” at Purchase College (SUNY) on Monday, October 31, at 4:30 pm. More information: Michael.Taub@purchase.edu or 301-251-6550.

NOVEMBER 13:  Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe will speak about their new book, Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, on Sunday, November 13, at 5:30 pm, at the first-ever Jewish Comic Con, in Brookyn, NY. More information: www.jewishcomiccon.org

MARCH 2017: Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Zev Garber (L.A. Valley College; Editor, Shofar) will address the meeting of the American Academy of Religion-Western Region at University of the West (March 17-19, 2017) on “Elie Wiesel’s Night: Godwords.”  His invited November Holocaust and Genocide Studies Annual Lecture at West Chester University (PA) has been rescheduled for Yom HaShoah, April 24, 2017.


1. Cynthia Ozick, chair of the Wyman Institute’s Arts & Letters Council, was recently profiled in the New York Times Sunday Magazinehttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/magazine/cynthia-ozicks-long-crusade.html

2. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath (University of Texas at Dallas) coauthored (with Fred Turner) Light within the Shade: 800 Years of Hungarian Poetry, published by Syracuse University Press.  It includes the poetry of Miklos Radnoti, who perished during a death march by Hungarian soldiers; some of the poems were found in the pocket of his raincoat after the mass grave was unearthed the following year.

3. Glitterati has just published Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art, by Wyman Institute Arts & Letters Council member Marc Podwal. It includes a foreword by Elie Wiesel and a preface by Cynthia Ozick. More information: markpodwal.com

4. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Dr. Alex Grobman appeared in the recent film “Daring To Rescue: An Original Documentary of Unknown Stories of Jewish Heroism During the Holocaust,” produced by Project Witness.  Alex also was recently named to the Council of Scholars, of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). His most recent book is BDS: The Movement to Destroy Israel, available only on Kindle.

5. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Peter I. Rose (Smith College) authored “Facing History at the University of Vienna with Pictures at an Exhibition,” in Social Science and Modern Society (September/October, 2015).

6. New York University Press recently published The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community, by Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Jeffrey Gurock.

7.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker (Bar Ilan University) spoke at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on “Life in the Shadows, Hidden Jewish Children in Convents and the Impact it had on their Jewish Identity,” at the university’s third international multidisciplinary conference, organized in association with the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

8. The Wyman Institute’s Online Encyclopedia of America’s Response to the Holocaust continues to serve as an important resource for the public. View it at:  http://enc.wymaninstitute.org/

9. Copies of the Wyman Institute’s monograph, “Breaking the Rules: Violations of Academic Standards in the Debate Over FDR’s Response to the Holocaust,” by Dr. Rafael Medoff and Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker are available by writing to: info@wymaninstitute.org