Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2007

Genocide Scholar John Roth to Present March 7 Lecture on Ethics after the Holocaust

John Roth, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies, will present a lecture, "Forgiveness? Reflections on Ethics after the Holocaust," on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. The lecture is sponsored by the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning at Whitworth, as part of the center's ongoing effort to highlight issues related to faith and living in the world. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, in California, and is the founding director of the college's Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights. In 2004-05, Roth was the Ina Levine Scholar in Residence for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C. In 2001, he received a Koerner Visiting Fellowship for the Study of the Holocaust from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Roth holds a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University.

As a teacher-scholar, Roth has touched numerous lives in his 40 years at Claremont McKenna. One alumnus wrote of him, "As a professor, John has probably had more success in improving men's and women's souls than most preachers. His church is his classroom, where he teaches students to resist evil by developing minds to discern the truth, to pursue good by not wallowing in moral relativism and inaction, and to discover the beauty in the world even amidst hate and death."

Roth is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 40 books in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. His most notable books include After-Words: Post-Holocaust Struggles with Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice (ed. with David Patterson, 2004); Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust (ed. with Carol Rittner, 2004); Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy (revised, 2nd ed. with Richard L. Rubenstein, 2003); Will Genocide Ever End? (ed. with Carol Rittner and James M. Smith 2002); and American Dreams and Holocaust Questions (2002).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


James Waller, professor of psychology, Edward B. Lindaman Chair at Whitworth, (509) 777-4424 or jwaller@whitworth.edu.

Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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