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Traces of Memory Art Exhibit comes to Payson Library

“Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland,”
an exhibition of photography presented by
the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies,
in conjunction with the Pepperdine Libraries new Wavelengths series.


Payson Library, 2nd floor,
Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263

Now through April 25, 2011.

Over a period of twelve years, the late British photojournalist Chris Schwarz and scholar Prof. Jonathan Webber (vice-chairman of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, Oxford, UK and and professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland) gathered material that offers a completely new way of looking at the Jewish past that was destroyed in Poland. The resulting photographs and text of “Traces of Memory,” the permanent exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland, piece together traces of Jewish life and culture still visible in Polish Galicia today. As part of the Glazer Institute’s goal to pursue reconciliation, the “Traces of Memory” photography exhibit reaches out to the Jewish and Polish Catholic community. In conjunction with the exhibit the Pepperdine Library’s new Wavelengths series will present a variety of speakers and performances at Payson Library and on campus. The Wavelengths series offers exciting writers and thinkers a platform to discuss the pressing issues of the 21st century both at the Library and on-line.

Upcoming Schedule:

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.

Discussion with Professor Robert Melson on Genocide Prevention

In the Kresge Reading Room, Payson Library

R. Melson

The Glazer Institute welcomes Professor Robert Melson for a roundtable discussion on his paper on Genocide Prevention. Robert Melson is Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, where he taught political science and was a charter member of the Jewish Studies Program. In 2003-2005, he was the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS). In 2006-2008 he was the Cathy Cohen-Lasry Distinguished Professor in the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate education at MIT and his doctoral work at Yale and MIT. His major area of teaching and research has been ethnic conflict and genocide. Professor Melson has been a Foreign Area Fellow of the Ford Foundation (for research in Nigeria 1964-66), a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois (1969-70), Fellow of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1983), and a Fellow of the Center for Humanistic Studies at Purdue University (1987,2001). On September 14, 2000 he testified before the House Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights concerning the Armenian Genocide. He has held positions as Research Associate at the Harry S. Truman Institute of the Hebrew University, as Research Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and at the Center for International Studies at MIT. He has lectured on problems of ethnic conflict and genocide at universities around the world.


For any additional information or questions, please contact Ken LaZebnik, Director for Library Advancement and Public Affairs at 310-506-6785 or


The Traces of Memory exhibition is on loan from the permanent exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow. (


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