International Holocaust Remembrance Day - Combatting Hate: One Voice at a Time
Combatting Hate: One Voice at a Time with Stephen Smith
The Greenspon Center will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day with its inaugural community event titled Combatting Hate: One Voice at a Time on January 26 at 7:00 pm at Queens University. The evening will honor Holocaust victims as well as highlight the innovative trajectory of Holocaust education today.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Stephen Smith, PhD, Executive Director Emeritus of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by Steven Spielberg in the wake of the filming of Schindler’s List. The program will also honor Rabbi Cytron-Walker as the inaugural 2023 Greenspon Center Upstander Award recipient. This award, bestowed upon an individual who took great risks and exhibited great courage in responding to hate, is sponsored by the Novant Health Coexist BRG Group.
Smith founded the UK Holocaust Centre in England and cofounded the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. He was also the inaugural Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which runs the National Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom. Smith was the project director responsible for the creation of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda and trustee of the South Africa Holocaust and Genocide Foundation.
Smith was an early pioneer in using the groundbreaking holographic technology in Holocaust education. At a time when future generations will not be able to get first-hand narratives from survivors, Artificial Intelligence technology transforms interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses into an interactive experience. AI holographic recreations allow students to have life-like conversations with survivors that establish an emotional connection and create learning that is meaningful and lasting. While such technology can never replace what is gained from a live interaction with a Holocaust survivor, it allows students to explore another powerful way to engage with the past.
In addition to the keynote address from Smith, Rabbi Cytron-Walker, will receive the 2023 Upstander Award and share words of reflection. Rabbi Cytron-Walker, of Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, showed heroism when he and his congregants in Colleyville, Texas, were taken hostage in the midst of Bible study. Ending a standoff of nearly 11 hours, Rabbi Cytron-Walker acted throwing a chair at the hostage taker and allowing for a safe escape. Rabbi Cytron-Walker will be celebrated with an original piece of art will be created by Gwen Orland of Rockyknob Pottery. Queens musicians will add their special touch to the evening’s program.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at stangreeensponcenter.org.
Thursday, January 26 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for Civic Engagement at Queens University 1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28274