Guest speaker at the Holocaust Remembrance Service will be Dr. Robert Reginio, an associate professor of English at Alfred University.
Reginio received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, under the direction of Holocaust scholar James E. Young and has published and presented research on representations of the Holocaust in film and literature. He teaches a popular course on the Holocaust and Literature at Alfred and is working with a student there on a documentary film, incorporating the audio testimony of a Holocaust survivor from Mielec, Poland, and photographs of pre-war Jewish life salvaged and originating from the town.
Also during the service, St. Bonaventure senior Makeda Loney will be presenting a poem that she is writing for this occasion, and music selections will be provided by artist-in-residence Kathryn Black and the SBU Chorus. There will be the lighting of seven candles representing individuals and groups of individuals who died during the Holocaust. The theme of the Remembrance Service is “Never Again.” In remembering, organizers will offer a hope-filled prayer for respecting the dignity of all people.
Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.