A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, playwright, and award-winning writer, Elie Wiesel’s personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher, and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world. As the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University since 1976, Professor Wiesel led students in his Literature of Memory courses to explore themes of foundational importance to human interaction and understanding, using a wide breadth of literature from biblical texts to contemporary fiction. His annual public lectures were significant events in the cultural life of Boston University and the Greater Boston Area for the past four decades. Professor Wiesel passed away on July 2, 2016, at age 87. In the fall of 2018, the Elie Wiesel Center inaugurated the Elie Wiesel Memorial Lecture Series in his memory.