Lectures ramp up for Yom HaShoah

The annual Sonoma State University Holocaust Lecture Series is approaching a stretch of events with Jewish themes, starting with a Tuesday, March 13 lecture by Mina Rush, director of outreach for Jewish World Watch, titled “Fighting Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Empowering Hands-On Action.”

Next month, in recognition of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), the April 10 lecture is “Becoming Evil” with James Waller, chair of Holocaust and genocide studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, and an April 17 film and discussion event is titled “Remembering Anne Frank.” Yom HaShoah is on April 18.

The series, in its 29th year, is run by the university’s Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide and is co-sponsored by several organizations. This year’s series of 16 events is titled “Legacies as Lessons: Learning from the Past.” Lectures, which continue through May 8, are held Tuesdays from 4 to 5:40 p.m. in Rohnert Park.

One of the expected highlights is a May 1 one-woman performance of “An Evening with Madame F,” in which Claudia Stevens takes on the persona of the elderly Fanja Fenelson and reflects on her experiences in Auschwitz. Fenelson, a cabaret singer, performed in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz.

The lectures and other events are free, but a $2.50 daily permit is required for parking on campus. For more information, visit www.sonoma.edu/holocaust or call (707) 664-4076.