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Book Talk: After, The Obligation of Beauty

Thu Sep 2 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PDT
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Having been born to Auschwitz survivors, Mindy Weisel insists on finding beauty in trauma and loss.

Join us to mark the release of Mindy Weisel’s recent book, a memoir that traces her search for beauty in a life that began in the aftermath of World War II, at Bergen-Belsen Displaced Person’s Camp, to parents who survived Auschwitz.

Join her and Prof. Michael Berenbaum to learn more about the struggle to understand the generational trauma into which she was born and her unshakable will to live with beauty.

Cost: Free
Guest: Mindy Weisel

Mindy Weisel, an internationally renowned artist, author and speaker, was elected into the Smithsonian Archives of American Artists in 2000. Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art, Oxford University, and the Israel Museum, among many other public and private collections.

Weisel is the author of DAUGHTERS Of ABSENCE: Transforming a Legacy of Loss; and TOUCHING QUIET: Reflections in Solitude. She is also a member of the United States Art In Embassies Program; and the Jerusalem Biennial. Weisel, the mother of three, resided in Washington, D.C. for over forty years, where she was an Associate Professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design (1996-2005). She received her BFA at George Washington University and did her post-graduate work at American University, Washington, D.C.

Weisel’s extensive interviews and TV appearances are documented on her website www.mindyweisel.com. Among them are CNN, Bloomberg, and Jewish Women’s Archives.  Weisel resides in Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband.

Host: Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum is a Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University. He is a writer, a scholar and a creator of Museums. His work has been recognized by the Emmys and Academy Awards.