The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of English and Philosophy of Drexel University present “The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering”, a lecture & book-signing by Dr. Julija Šukys, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of Missouri. The lecture will be held on November 22, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Drexel University, in 302 Hagerty Library.
Please join writer Julija Šukys for a reading and discussion of her recent book, Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. Šimaitė, herself a librarian, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of her life. In her book, Šukys beckons back to life this Lithuanian heroine, close friend of leading Vilna Jews, who saved lives, managed to survive, and was later honored as one of Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations. In her talk, Šukys will chart the compelling development of her own identity in tandem with her uncovering of Šimaitė’s amazing life.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books will be sold by the Penn Book Center. Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies. For information: [email protected] , 215-895-6388.