August 28, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: August 28, 2002

 Elie WieselMIDDLEBURY, VT - Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University professor, will speak at Middlebury College on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). His talk, "Reflections on September 11 One Year Later," will be this year's John Hamilton Fulton Memorial Lecture in the Liberal Arts. Following the lecture, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a reception in the Redfield Room of Proctor Hall, which is also on Hepburn Road. Copies of Wiesel's new novel, "The Judges," will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the reception. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.

Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.

Wiesel's efforts have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize.

After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Wiesel and his wife Marion established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, with a mission to advance the cause of human rights and peace throughout the world by creating a forum for the discussion of urgent ethical issues confronting humanity.

A survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel wrote about what he had endured as an inmate in the death camps in his 1958 book, "La Nuit" ("Night"). This book has been translated into 30 languages and millions of copies have been sold.

Wiesel has since written more than 40 books, including the award-winning works of fiction "A Beggar in Jerusalem," "The Testament" and "The Fifth Son;" the memoirs "All Rivers Run to the Sea" and "And the Sea is Never Full;" and his most recent novel "Les Juges" ("The Judges"), published in English this month.

Since 1976, Wiesel has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of university professor.

The John Hamilton Fulton Lecture

The John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts was established at Middlebury College in 1966. The late Alexander Hamilton Fulton, an emeritus member of the Middlebury College board of trustees, donated the gift that established the lectureship, which is named in honor of his father.

Previous Fulton lecturers have included Beverly Sills, James A. Baker III, William H. Rehnquist and Wynton Marsalis.

For more information, contact Kathleen Knippler in the office of the secretary of Middlebury College at or 802-443-5393.