The Holocaust, Memory and Ethical Loneliness

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  This day was designated by the United States General Assembly in 2005; January 27th is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I encourage you to learn more about the history of this commemoration here:  International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  In addition, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a fabulous…… Continue reading The Holocaust, Memory and Ethical Loneliness

Targeting Cultural Sites for Destruction

  Remember the Buddhas of Bamiyan?  These were two 6th century enormous statues of the Buddha that were carved into giant niches in Central Afghanistan, in the Bamiyan valley.  They became national news when they were destroyed  by dynamite by the Taliban in 2001, and while there continue to be talks about possible rebuilding, currently…… Continue reading Targeting Cultural Sites for Destruction

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  Monday was a holiday–of sorts.  When I was young, it was unambiguously Columbus Day:  we celebrated the day Columbus “discovered” America and most of us had off from school.  Now, in many places–though not everywhere–the day is commemorated as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” but somewhat uneasily, I think, depending on where you live. I asked…… Continue reading Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Yesterday there were a bunch of events going on in the morning at the college, in conjunction with the inauguration of Gettysburg College’s new president, Bob Iuliano.  One of the sessions I attended was on immigration, and one of the presenters read this poem.  I thought it was incredibly powerful, and I think more people…… Continue reading Home