What Can ONE Person Do?
March 12, 1997, as the culmination of a community-wide, year-long educational Elie Wiesel Project, internationally revered humanitarian and Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel spoke “Against Indifference” to more than 23,000 students and adults. So inspired was he by this visit to Charlotte that, as he left, he challenged the community to act on its convictions in the critical areas of human dignity, justice and moral courage.
Then, in an extraordinary act of faith in action, he offered seed money and his own assistance in obtaining speakers and developing programs to address these critical issues. And so, rather than allow his visit to pass like a benevolent breeze, we decided to harness it, using it to create The Echo Foundation and our mission:
With Elie Wiesel serving as Honorary Chair, The Echo Foundation…promotes justice and inspires hope through education, service and the development of leadership for a more humane world.
Echo’s 2016 Curriculum Guide Ideology, Conflict & Hope Now Available!
Ideology, Conflict & Hope: The Bosnia Project
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Student Dialogue 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Wells Fargo Auditorium
Panel Discussion 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Book Signing 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Wells Fargo Auditorium and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
GUEST PANEL PROFILES
ALEKSANDAR HEMON, Author and MacArthur Genius
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
RON HAVIV, Award-Winning Photojournalist & Co-Founder of VII
Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries in a career that has spanned three decades. His work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nationals, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s work in the Balkans was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, his first photography book, was called “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek.
ELISABETH ZEROFSKY, Editorial Staff, The New Yorker
Elisabeth Zerofsky is on the Editorial Staff for the New Yorker where she has written extensively on French affairs and more recently, Bosnia. Her writing has also appeared in n+1, the New Republic, and Harper’s. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in French Studies. Zerofsky was a Fulbright fellow in Paris from 2008 to 2009 and an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York from 2010-2012.
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