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2008.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

15th Annual Brooks Lecture to Feature Alan Steinweis March 27

Omaha - Alan E. Steinweis will deliver the Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, March 27, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  His presentation, "Diagnosing and Combating Holocaust Fatigue," begins at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Hall.  It is free and open to the public.

"Holocaust fatigue" is a term describing the phenomenon in the United States and beyond that involves a diminishing patience for hearing and learning about the Holocaust. The causes and manifestations of Holocaust fatigue may be linked to the growth of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. In his lecture, Steinweis will highlight the causes and symptoms of the phenomenon and suggest how it can be combatted through a rethinking of the way the Holocaust is taught and commemorated.

Steinweis is the Hyman Rosenberg Professor of Modern European History and Judaic Studies in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History, where he specializes in the history of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany.  He teaches additional courses on European and Jewish history and historical methodology.  He has published several books and articles, including Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts and Studying the Jew: Scholarly anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany.  He also edited the American edition of the Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, a monograph series published by the University of Nebraska Press in cooperation with Yad Vashem, Holocaust research and commemoration authority of the state of Israel. Steinweis has held visiting positions at universities in Germany and Israel and is the recipient of numerous fellowships.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and Temple Israel. It is named in honor of Sidney H. Brooks, who played an integral role in the religious life of the Omaha community for more than 40 years. He served as rabbi of Temple Israel for 33 years before his retirement in 1985. He died in 1999 at the age of 79. Throughout his life, Brooks was recognized for his pursuit of social justice and relations between people of other faiths, including Jews and Christians.

For more information, contact Kathy Cox Schwartz at (402) 554-2628.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008.  This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community.  The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908."  This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.  For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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