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Holocaust Museum Head, Borders CEO Headline Seminar Day

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April 5, 2005
Sara J. Bloomfield

Sara J. Bloomfield

Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Gregory P. Josefowicz, chairman, president and CEO of Borders Group, Inc., will headline the Northwestern Alumni Association’s “A Day with Northwestern in Evanston” -- the 36th Annual Seminar Day on Saturday, April 16.

A variety of seminars and thought-provoking discussions about the Holocaust, the World War II era, the evolution of the bookstore, today’s economy, current newspaper writing styles, an exploration of Chicago’s history and personal success strategies will be presented by Northwestern faculty and alumni. Other sessions will focus on the latest medical advancements in cardiac surgery, cardiovascular health and reproductive genetics.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. The registration deadline is April 8.

Admission to the daylong event is $55 (or $60 after March 25) with lunch or $45 for a half-day with lunch. Single sessions are $20 each. Tickets for students are available at a special rate of $5 for all day with lunch.

Josefowicz, the luncheon keynote speaker, will recall his journey from bananas (as former president of the grocery and drug store chain Jewel-Osco) to books and how the centuries-old business of selling books provides interesting insights into our current world during his 11:30 a.m. address entitled “An Open Book.” The Northwestern alumnus also will discuss how our concept of the “bookstore” has evolved, especially with the advent of the Internet and other cultural shifts. Josefowicz leads a global retail organization that annually serves more than 30 million customers worldwide in more than 1,200 Borders Books and Music and Waldenbooks stores.

Bloomfield, featured afternoon speaker and Northwestern alumna, will discuss the Holocaust, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s groundbreaking special exhibition, which examines Nazism’s roots in biology and genetics, during her 2:15 p.m. talk “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.” Under Bloomfield’s leadership, the Holocaust Museum has created the National Institute of Holocaust Education, established its Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and launched its Committee on Conscience, which addresses contemporary genocide.

Bloomfield oversees this $60 million public-private partnership and is adviser to institutions around the world, including the Ground Zero Memorial and The Museum of Freedom, both to be built on the World Trade Center site.

(Note: the “Deadly Medicine” exhibition at the Holocaust Museum in Washington runs through Oct. 16 and may be viewed online at <http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/deadlymedicine>. It is recommended for visitors 11 years and older because it contains difficult subject matter and imagery.)

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, there also will be presentations on the arts and campus life during the war years in addition to Bloomfield’s afternoon address that explores the role biology and genetics played in the Holocaust.

The following Northwestern alumni will lead sessions that include:

• Marilyn Moats Kennedy, managing partner, Career Strategies, and a nationally known speaker on career and workplace issues, will talk about identifying useful personal skills in order to launch a new career or explore future possibilities.

• Wayne Watson, chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, will examine how societal issues of racism, sexism and class directly affect the problems of unemployment, drugs and terrorism.

• Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” and Washington Post sports columnist, will share highlights of his remarkable experiences and the impact that Northwestern University has made on his career.

For complete biographies of the speakers or detailed information about their talks, or to register online, go to the Northwestern Alumni Association Web site at <www.alumni.northwestern.edu/education>.

Topics: Campus Life