Franklin College will host an event on campus as part of the Spirit and Place Festival and its 2015-16 Convocation Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness,” will feature Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Spurlock Center Gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Kor will be available to sign copies of her books following the lecture, which will be available for purchase at the event.
As a child, Kor was a part of Dr. Josef Mengele’s experiments. In 1984, Kor founded CANDLES, Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, and in 1995 opened a small museum in Terre Haute, Ind. Despite a fire in 2003, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center continues to provide educational opportunities.
As a prelude to the lecture, the film “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Hamilton Library Auditorium and again at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in Richardson Chapel.
Admission to the lecture and film are free and open to the public. RSVP’s to the lecture are appreciated, but not required.
For 10 days each November, Spirit and Place features 40 events for all ages and interests – exhibits, performances, workshops, tours and more – creating a citywide celebration and conversation around the annual theme, which will be DREAM for 2015. The festival’s mission is to catalyze civic engagement and enduring change through creative collaborations among the arts, humanities and religion. The festival this year will be held from Nov. 6-15, 2015.
For more information, visit www.spiritandplace.org/Festival.aspx?access=Events.
Each year, the college hosts the lecture series based on one of its five core values: respect, honesty, responsibility, faith and lifelong pursuit of learning. This year’s series focuses on faith, defined by the college as recognition that one’s life is grounded in central convictions about ultimate matters that provide purpose and meaning beyond personal wants and needs, and an understanding that spiritual growth requires reflection on these convictions.
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Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.