For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University Explores Genocide and Racism in the 20th Century

Lakewood, N.J., March 24, 2008—Lani Silver, an oral historian and social activist who founded the Holocaust Oral History Project, will speak on Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus in the Casino Auditorium. Her moving and compelling lecture will help audience members analyze the issues of racism that surround them in their everyday lives.

Ms. Silver coordinated 2,419 interviews with 1,400 Holocaust survivors and witnesses for the Holocaust Oral History Project (now called the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to record the stories of Holocaust survivors to raise public awareness of the Holocaust.

Ms. Silver also served as Steven Spielberg’s first consultant for his Shoah Foundation for Visual History, which gathered 53,000 oral histories with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Currently Ms. Silver is the project director of the James Byrd Jr. Racism Oral History Project, which is a project of the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing. In 1998, James Byrd Jr. was dragged three miles through the outskirts of Jasper, Texas, chained to a truck by three white supremacists. The oral history project asks people to describe the impact of racism on their lives.

The lecture is open to the public and is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free to members of the GCU community with ID. Reservations are required; for these or more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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