The Jewish Journal’s cub reporter Tom Tugend has big news about the most recognizable Holocaust survivor around:
Elie Wiesel will travel to Orange County next spring, and in each of the following four years, to teach at Chapman University, a private institution founded by a Christian denomination.
Appointment of the Nobel Laureate, author and Holocaust survivor as Distinguished Presidential Fellow was announced by Chapman President Jim Doti.
According to a Chapman news release, Wiesel noted that “On my two visits to Chapman University I was profoundly impressed by the quality of the students and faculty, in particular Dr. Marilyn Harran, and by the way the university is teaching and remembering some of the most tragic events in human history, events that have had such a deep influence upon my life.”
Harran, a professor of religion, was instrumental in starting the university’s Holocaust studies program 10 years ago and directs the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.
Chapman University is located in Orange, some 45 miles south of Los Angeles, and was founded in 1861 by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). During the 1920s, while located in Los Angeles, it was known as the California Christian College.
Wiesel, who lives in New York is a professor of humanities at Boston University, and Chapman officials have not yet finalized the extent of his duties or length of stay.