Niebuhr Center to Host ‘Inventing Hope’ Teach-In on Feb. 27

January 29, 2020 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst College will host an afternoon-long teach-in on the theme Inventing Hope: Effecting Change in Our Community.

Drawing from his award-winning books, films and news stories about the Holocaust and its aftermath, journalist Howard Reich will give the keynote presentation, Why We Hope, to kick off the teach-in.

Following the keynote, breakout sessions led by faculty members, alumni and staff, will empower attendees to bring about change on social justice topics such as civil rights, criminal justice reform, climate change and LGBTQIA+ rights.

Reich also will lead one of the breakout sessions, discussing his latest book, The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel.” The book explores the friendship between Reich and Wiesel, the revered Holocaust survivor and global activist, during the last four years of Wiesel’s life.

The Niebuhr Center Teach-In will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, beginning with the keynote at 11:45 a.m. in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. Breakout sessions will be held beginning at 1:10 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in various rooms in the Frick Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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