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Memory at Ground Zero: A Juror’s Report on the World Trade Center Memorial

James E. Young, University of Massachusetts, Amherst



Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life
Stibbs Conference Room (Room 203)

About the Speaker

James E. Young (Ph.D., University of California) is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988 and is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies.

Professor Young is the author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (1988), The Texture of Memory (Yale University Press, 1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994, and At Memory’s Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (Yale University Press, 2000). He was also the Guest Curator of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City, entitled “The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History” (March – August 1994, with venues in Berlin and Munich, September 1994 – June 1995) and was the editor of The Art of Memory (Prestel Verlag, 1994), the exhibition catalogue for this show.

In 1997, Professor Young was appointed by the Berlin Senate to the five-member Findungskommission for Germany’s national “Memorial to Europe’s Murdered Jews,” under construction in Berlin. He has also consulted with Argentina’s government on its memorial to the desaparacidos, as well as with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums. Most recently, he has been appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition, completed in January 2004.

Professor Young is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an ACLS Fellowship, NEH Exhibition planning, implementation, and research grants, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grants, an American Philosophical Society Grant, and a Yad Hanadiv Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In 2000, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a ten-volume anthology of primary sources, documents, texts, and images, forthcoming with Yale University Press. At present, he is completing an insider’s story of the World Trade Center Memorial, entitled “Memory at Ground Zero: A Juror’s Report on the World Trade Center Site Memorial.”

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