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Sara R. Horowitz Gives Annual Shapiro Scholar Lecture: "Reclaiming the 'Ruins of Memory': Gender, Agency, and Imagination in Stories of the Shoah"

Free Event. RSVP Required. 
March 23, 2022 @ 11:00 am - March 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm | Free Event. RSVP Required.

The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Shoah Foundation present
Annual Sara and Asa Shapiro Lecture by Prof. Sara R. Horowitz (Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities, York University, Canada)
2020-2021 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence

(Join us in person for this lecture or attend virtually on Zoom) 

In recounting the past, Holocaust survivors deliberately or unconsciously craft the stories they recount about the Shoah. Whether through literature, memoirs, or testimony, survivors shape stories about the past while signaling what remains unsaid. Deferred memories - stories told many decades after the events occurred - often address issues that survivors did not dare or could not bear to recount earlier. Looking at these deferred stories through the lens of gender, we will explore how survivors craft accounts that insist on reclaiming, owning, and interpreting what the writer Ida Fink called “the ruins of memory,” often against the grain and in tension with academic interpretation.

This lecture will be followed by a lunch. Advanced RSVP is required.

Image Description: The event image is the sculpture wall of the Gleis 17/Track 17 memorial in Berlin.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

All attendees accessing USC campus must:

  • Complete Trojan Check, USC's daily wellness assessment, prior to entering campus on the day of their visit.
  • Show proof of vaccination and photo ID to enter campus. Either a physical CDC-issued vaccine card or a digital copy will be accepted. As an alternative, guests may show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.
  • While masks are no longer required, masks will continue to be welcome on campus for all those who wish to continue taking extra precautions. According to the County’s guidelines, although masking is no longer required indoors, it remains strongly recommended.

Event Protocol

Please note that no food or drink is allowed in Doheny Memorial Library.

If you are feeling unwell day-of, please join us online! All attendees will be emailed the Zoom link upon registration.

Start: March 23, 2022 / 11:00 AM
End: March 23, 2022 / 12:30 PM
Cost: Free Event. RSVP Required.
Where: Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240 , Los Angeles
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway , Los Angeles United States
price: Free Event. RSVP Required.