Pozez lecture to probe university Holocaust education

Zev Garber will present “Shoah at the University: New Considerations in Holocaust Education” as part of the Shaol Pozez Memorial Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Garber, emeritus professor and chair of Jewish studies and philosophy at Los Angeles Valley College, explains that at American schools of higher education, the Holocaust is taught primarily in departments of history as historiography, with an emphasis on who, what, where, and why. But accounting for the Holocaust with factual cause-and-effect imperatives does not compute the personal element of the Shoah. To teach the basic lessons of the murder of European Jewry beyond depersonalized academic rational objectivity, he says, is to offer a historiosophy, incorporating storytelling, religious response and feminist theology.

Garber is the author of hundreds of articles and books, including “Mel Gibson’s Passion: The Film, the Controversy and Its Implications” (2006) and “The Impact of the Shoah in America and in Jewish American Life” (2009).

The Shaol Pozez Memorial Lecture series is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona along with the JCC, Marriott Tucson University Park, The Pozez Family Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and a Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Compelling Needs Grant.

For more information, contact Jeanne Davenport at 626-5759 or jus@ u.arizona.edu.