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World Trade Center Judge to Discuss Memory and Memorials

James Young has consulted on memorial projects worldwide

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May 13, 2010 | by Jasmine Rangel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- As a judge for the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, James Young helped determine how 9/11 will be remembered. On May 17, Young will discuss the importance of national commemorations as part of the Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Lecture at Northwestern University.

Titled "The Stages of Memory: From Berlin to New York," Young's lecture will take place at 5 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. It is free and open to the public.

Young also was a member of the selection committee for Germany's Holocaust Memorial, known widely as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Before that, he consulted with the Argentine government on a memorial for the "desaparecidos," the vanished victims of Argentina's military-led kidnappings in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

A professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Young is the author of "At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture" and "The Texture of Memory." He was a guest curator of a 1994 exhibition titled "The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History" that travelled from New York's Jewish Museum to venues in Berlin and Munich.

The Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Lecture is generously supported by Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Holocaust Education Foundation.

For further information about this and other Weinberg lectures, call 847-467-3005 or visit www.wcas.northwestern.edu.


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