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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

November 14, 2002

Vigod Memorial Lecture

Dr. Michael Marrus will deliver the Dr. Bernie Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights on Nov. 18, 2002 at 7 p.m. in Edmund Casey Hall, St. Thomas University. His lecture is entitled "The Vatican and the Holocaust: Where is the Debate?"

Dr. Marrus is the author of The Holocaust in History, which has been translated into many languages. Among other his books are Vichy France and the Jews, coauthored with Robert Paxton, The Unwanted: European Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Dr. Marrus has also published a book on the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal for the Bedford Series in History and Culture of St. Martin's Press.

Dr. Marrus is the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto and the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (UCLA). Dr. Marrus was a Guggenheim Fellow, and a visiting fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford and at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University and has taught at UCLA and Cape Town University in South Africa.

The Vigod lecture is held in memory of Dr. Bernie Vigod, Professor of History, University of New Brunswick. Dr. Vigod was an ardent proponent of human rights and civil liberties in New Brunswick and Canada. This is the 13th annual Vigod lecture. The series began in Jan. 1990 and has included distinguished speakers such as Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Irwin Cotler, Bruce Philips, and Dr. Stephen Smith.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michael C. Read, Atlantic Human Rights Centre, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, (506) 452-0549, fax:(506) 451-0083.