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Barbie Zelizer, associate professor and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, will speak on “Holocaust Memory in the Camera’s Eye” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the auditorium of Lafayette’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Sponsored by the Department of Religion and supported by the Lyman Coleman Fund, the event is free and open to the public. It is part of Lafayette’s Roethke Humanities Festival. Held every two years, the Roethke Festival is named for Theodore Roethke (1908-63), a former Lafayette faculty member and noted poet of the 1940s and ’50s. Roethke published several critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including The Waking, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1954.

Zelizer is the author of Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy, planned for release next year by Sage Publications; Visual Culture and the Holocaust, Rutgers University Press, 2001; Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera’s Eye, University of Chicago Press, 1998; Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of Collective Memory, University of Chicago Press, 1992; and Almost Midnight: Reforming the Late Night News (with Itzhak Roeh, Elihu Katz, and Akiba A. Cohen), Sage Publications, 1980. She also has written many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference papers, articles and columns in newspapers and magazines, and book and film reviews.

In the past year, Zelizer has spoken at the Conference on Visual Rhetoric at Indiana University; the Conference on Framing Memory at Syracuse University; the Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches in Philadelphia, Pa.; the University of Southern California Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, Calif.; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; and the International Conference on the John F. Kennedy and Yitzhak Rabin Assassinations, Jerusalem, where she was keynote speaker.

Zelizer won the Best Book Award of the International Communication Association last year, the Diamond Book Award of the National Communication Association in 1999, and the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in 1999. In 1995, Zelitzer was a John H. Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and received a Goldsmith Research Award from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was awarded the Nichols-Ehninger Award for Communication and Rhetorical Theory from the Speech Communication Association in 1990 and the Top Paper Award from the International Communication Association, Popular Communication Interest Group, in 1988.

Zelizer earned a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is chair of the International Communication Association Awards Committee and a member of several committees representing major communications and journalism organizations.

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