About the Series

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies holds an annual series of three lectures named in honor of Nobel laureate and long-time BU faculty member Elie Wiesel.

The Elie Wiesel Memorial Lectures offer the campus community and the wider Boston-area public opportunities to hear internationally-renowned speakers on subjects ranging from the Bible to modern Jewish thought and literature.

The series echoes the annual “Encounters with Elie Wiesel” that were an important fixture on the BU campus and across the area. Each year the series is devoted to  a particular  theme. The inaugural Fall 2018 Elie Wiesel Memorial Lectures were devoted to the memory of Kristallnacht, the German government-sponsored act of mass violence against the Jews in 1938 that heralded the destruction of European Jewry. The lectures provided an opportunity for us to consider not just what happened then, but what we ought to learn from the past and how to apply the lessons of the past to today’s time.

Explore our Past Lecture Series Below