Special Events


Jewish Culture & Anti-Semitism: Windows on Cultures of Resilience and Struggles for Freedom
Readings from Exiled in the World
Tuesday, January 26th, 6:00pm
Readings from Jerome Rothenberg & Harris Lenowitz, ed., Exiled in the World:  Poems & Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present (Copper Canyon Press, 1989), & discussion, organized by Dr. Tom Reifer and Rachel Freeman, USD Graduate and former President of the Jewish Student Union at USD.  Rachel will talk about being Jewish at a Catholic University, and will read some of her own poems, and Dr. Reifer and Rachel will read poetry from Exiled in the World.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
Wednesday, January 27th, 6:00pm
United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz (approximately 2 hours, followed by brief discussion led by Dr. Tom Reifer)


All Faith Service: Embracing Hope: Our Journey Toward Healing
Thursday, February 4th, 12:15pm
Link: https://www.sandiego.edu/mission/detail.php?_focus=77463 

Art of the Holocaust with Dr. Suzanne Hillman
Tuesday, February 9th, 5:00pm
Dr. Suzanne Hillman (SDSU & UCSD; Program Coordinator, Holocaust Living History Workshop) 
Art, poetry, music and its persistence in the concentration camps.

Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Semistism
Monday, February 22nd, 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Jamall Calloway, Assistant Professor, USD’s department of Theology and Religious Studies-$200.00, & Jordan Daniels. Former USD Student Presentation-
In conjunction with Black History Month, a discussion about the connections between anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism.

Freedom Writers (Early March): This event will feature clips of the Hollywood movie, Freedom Writers, the Documentary, Freedom Writers:  Stories of An Undeclared War, & Erin Gruwell/Ms. G, and some of the Original Freedom Writers

Holocaust Awareness / Anti-Semitism Today 
Thursday, April 8th (Holocaust Remembrance Day - Yom HaShoah), 5:00pm
Talia’s Tolerance Tour with Talia Schauder
Linda Rosenberg and Sol Pinczewski, authors of From Bergen-Belsen to Brooklyn


Butterfly Project 
Tuesday, April 20th, 12:15pm

“The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility.  There is a film which shows the story, which we hope to purchase so we can show it at USD.  In the past we have shown the film and people have painted their butterflies.”