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Visiting Professor Mario Kessler Traces Eastern German Approaches to Holocaust Commemoration

Students and faculty members packed the Honors Lounge on November 6 to hear from Dr. Mario Kessler, a visiting professor of history from the University of Potsdam in Germany. The topic of the lecture, “Reflecting on Kristallnacht,” coincided within a few days of Kristallnacht’s 75th anniversary on November 9. The lecture focused primarily on understanding Eastern German memories and perceptions of the day.

Dr. Kessler

Dr. Mario Kessler addresses students.

Kessler opened his lecture by listing a series of important events that occurred on November 9 over the course of German history. “The ninth of November is a multi-faceted date in German history,” he began. Read the rest of this entry…

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Renowned Attorney Nathan Lewin Discuss Landmark First Amendment Cases at Straus Center Event

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution begins with a bold statement: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” How that statement shapes the interaction of religion and the public sphere in modern-day America, however, has been the subject of heated debate throughout American judicial history.

President Richard M. Joel, right, introduces Straus Center conversation with Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Nathan Lewin

President Richard M. Joel introduces Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, center, and attorney Nathan Lewin, second from right. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik (left) moderated the panel.

That question and others like it were the focus of a conversation between United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and renowned attorney and Yeshiva College graduate Nathan Lewin, hosted by Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought and attended by a crowd of more than 1,200 in Yeshiva University’s Lamport Auditorium on November 6.

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