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Holocaust survivor Irving Roth

Holocaust survivor headlines Fanfare's second week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AT FANFARE – Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will present “Eyewitness Testimony to the Holocaust and Its Implications for Today” on Oct. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Amite. Sponsored by the Amite Arts Council, the free lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

     HAMMOND – A holocaust survivor, two readings in prose and poetry, a “Then and Now” lecture, a French film, and a concert by the acclaimed Wind Symphony headline the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October celebration of the arts.
     Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will present “Eyewitness Testimony to the Holocaust and Its implications for Today,” at the First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Avenue, in Amite. Sponsored by the Amite Arts Council, the 6:30 p.m. lecture is free.
     Growing up in Czechoslovakia during World War II, Roth survived both Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Liberated at the age of 15, Roth’s story of love, loss, betrayal and liberation offers inspiration and insight into the complexities of human nature. A retired electrical engineer, he is currently the director of the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, NY and a frequent lecturer throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. 
     Fanfare’s second full week opens on Tuesday, Oct.12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery with “The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose” from Southeastern Professor of English Jack Bedell and Bev Marshall, writer-in-residence in the English Department. 
     Bedell is the author of “Call and Response,” “Come Rain, Come Shine,” and “French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets.” Marshall is the author of “Walking Through Shadows,” “Right as Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.”
     Fanfare’s second week also includes:
     ▪ Foreign film – the French film with English subtitles “The Legend of Rocket,” Oct. 12, 5 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. The film is the extraordinary story of hockey player Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, whose tireless fight on and off the ice ignited and forever changed a generation. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication, the free film is rated PG-13.
     ▪ “Then and Now” lecture on “Nuclear Politics: It’s the Bomb!” by Southeastern political scientist Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Gonzalez-Perez will examine the advent of nuclear weaponry and how it was depicted in popular films throughout the Cold War, how movies affected the way in which the public dealt with the very real fear of apocalyptic technology, and how those concerns were reflected in nuclear-era films, ranging from dramas to political satires.
     ▪ Featured Writer for Common Readings in the English Department: Sheryl St. Germain Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. An alumnus of Southeastern, St. Germain directs the creative writing program at Chatham University. Her books of poetry include “Going Home,” “The Mask of Medusa,” “Making Bread at Midnight,” and “Let it be a Dark Roux.” The presentation is free.
     ▪ The Southeastern Wind Symphony presents “L’Oiseau de feu – The Firebird” on Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre. Conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, the acclaimed Wind Symphony will present an evening of music by some of the world’s most revered composers. Featured pieces include Paul Hindemith’s “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis,” Frank Ticheli’s “Postcard,” “Sonata for Saxophone and Band,” by Paul Creston, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and the 1919 “Suite from The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky.
     Tickets, available at the Columbia Theatre box office (985-543-4371), are $15 general admission; $7 for Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens; patrons under 18 and college students with university I.D. are free. 

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