â€œProfessor Elie Wiesel is a true humanitarian and peace advocate who has impacted our world for most of his life through his works, writings and commitment to the plights of the oppressed,â€ said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. â€œHaving a man of his caliber, who has achieved much for humanity, at Kent State is indeed an honor, and so I invite all members of our community to come and learn from what promises to be a thought-provoking session.â€
Wieselâ€™s personal experience of the Holocaust led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to advocate for human rights and peace in the world. He has worked on behalf of oppressed people much of his adult life.
The Kent State Presidential Speaker Series seeks to bring high-profile, world-renowned experts to Kent State for serious, thought-provoking discussions and conversations. The new program enhances the engagement of the world beyond Kent Stateâ€™s campuses, which is one of the universityâ€™s strategic goals.