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Robert Skloot, If the Whole Body Dies (staged reading)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Mary Idema Pew Library


Robert Skloot, If the Whole Body Dies (staged reading)

November 8, 2017 @ 3:00

Mary Idema Pew Library, Multi-Purpose Room


Professor Robert Skloot, a noted expert on theatre and the Holocaust, will lead a group of GVSU students in a staged reading of his play If the Whole Body Dies, a work about Raphael Lemkin and his quest to establish an international Treaty Against Genocide.


“I believe Lemkin was one of the great citizens of the world in the 20th century,” Skloot says, “someone whose visionary efforts truly changed the way the subject of genocide (a word he coined in 1944) will always be known and understood.” Without any “official position or title,” Skloot adds, Lemkin “accomplished something both unprecedented and radical: to create a mechanism – the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – whereby the victims of genocide could be known and acknowledged and the perpetrators of genocide brought to justice.”


Following the one-act play, Professor Skloot will facilitate an audience discussion.


An Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Robert Skloot is the author of four important books and numerous articles on the theatre of the Holocaust. Besides receiving awards for both his teaching and research, and directing over 40 plays at the University of Wisconsin, Skloot has served as a Fulbright professor in Israel, Austria, Chile, and The Netherlands.


The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment. Established by GVSU in 1990 to honor its namesake, who for years shared with Grand Valley students his experiences during World War II, the endowment funds lectures to promote the understanding of issues related to human freedom, including a special focus on the history and consequences of the Holocaust.


For more information, please contact:

Professor Rob Franciosi

(616) 331-3069



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