Elie Wiesel to Speak At UB On Nov. 10

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: October 28, 1998 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, champion of human rights and Holocaust survivor, will speak at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

Wiesel's lecture will be presented by UB and the Don Davis Auto World Lectureship Fund as part of the 12th annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

For information and tickets, call the Center for the Arts box office at 716-645-ARTS. Tickets also are available at TicketMaster locations or by calling TicketMaster at 716-852-5000.

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his efforts to promote peace around the world.

Shortly after that, he and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity to advance the cause of human rights and peace, creating a forum for discussion of urgent ethical issues confronting humanity.

A teenaged Wiesel, his parents and three sisters were sent by the Nazis from their native Romania to Auschwitz, where his mother and younger sister died.

Wiesel and his father survived to be deported to Buchenwald. His father later died there.

After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and became a journalist.

During an interview in 1958, French writer Francois Mauriac persuaded Wiesel to break his self-imposed silence about his experiences in Hitler's death camps.

Soon after, his "La Nuit" was translated and published in 25 languages, selling several million copies.

The Distinguished Speakers Series sponsor is the UB undergraduate Student Association. Affiliate sponsors for the series are Citibank and University Bookstore.

Hillel Foundation of Buffalo is a sponsor of the Wiesel lecture.

Contributing series sponsors are the UB Alumni Association, University Union Activities Board, Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, WKBW-TV, Business First of Buffalo, the UB Center for the Arts and Makin' Copies.