Please consider this upcoming opportunity to share a thoughtful evening
in your home or community with the White House Millenium Program.
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THE SEVENTH MILLENNIUM EVENING AT THE WHITE HOUSE
THE PERILS OF INDIFFERENCE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A
The President and First Lady will host the seventh Millennium Evening at
the White House on Monday, April 12, 1999 at 7:30 pm EST.
The speaker for the evening is Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston
University Professor Elie Wiesel, who has used his talents as an author,
teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the
Millennium Evenings at the White House are a series of lectures and
cultural showcases hosted by the President and First Lady that highlight
the creativity and inventiveness of the American people through our ideas,
art and scientific discoveries. These Evenings are part of the national
efforts of the White House Millennium Council to commemorate the turn of
the millennium by "Honoring the Past--Imagining the Future."
Wiesel's efforts on behalf of human rights have earned him the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the rank
of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. He has received more than
ninety honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Chairman of the President's
Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980 he became Founding Chairman of the
United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
A native of Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), Wiesel and his family were
deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz when he was fifteen years old. His
mother and younger sister perished there, his two older sisters survived.
Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his
father died. He subsequently wrote La Nuit (Night). Sine its publication in
1958, La Nuit has been translated into twenty-five languages and millions
of copies have been sold.
Three months after he received the Nobel Peace Prize, Marion and Elie
Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Its mission is
to advance the cause of human rights and peace throughout the world by
creating a new forum for the discussion of urgent ethical issues
Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at
Boston University where he also holds the title of University Professor. He
is a member of the faculty in the Department of Religion as well as the
Department of Philosophy.
An American citizen since 1963, Elie Wiesel lives in New York with his wife