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Designing sites where memories last; topic of Marcus Lecture

Jan. 27, 2011—How we memorialize victims of our greatest tragedies through architectural representations is the theme of James Young's lecture. Young is the featured speaker at the Ninth Annual Fred Marcus Holocaust Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) of the Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) at the University of Denver (DU). Young's talk, "The Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York" will be held at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

Young, who chairs the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will speak of his participation on the five-member committee for Germany's "Memorial to Europe's Murdered Jews" dedicated in Berlin in 2005. He also served on the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial at Ground Zero, and worked with the Argentine government on designing a memorial to that nation's "desaparacidos," the citizens who vanished during the 1976-1983 military junta. Young is the author of three books, including the 1994 National Jewish Book Award Winner, The Texture of Memory (Yale University, 1993).

Following Young's talk there will be a panel discussion on "Memorials, Memory and Memorialization," featuring an expert group of scholars from DU and the University of Colorado and representatives from The Mizel Museum. Young will sign books following the presentation.

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