It is my pleasure to introduce Elie Wiesel, also know to the world as A-7713. He is a noted speaker and lecture, his many accomplishments include; author of more than 40 books, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Elie Wiesel’s efforts and impressions in Humanity are such a success, that in 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Elie Wiesel as Chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust.
In 1980, he became the Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization he and his wife created to fight indifference, intolerance and injustice. Elie Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning. I will like to pay a special tribute to Elie Wiesel because he spent 40 years battling the evils that continue to plague our planet.
Elie Wiesel deserve to recognized for this special honored because he confronted the problem of humanity by being an eloquent, fearless, selfless leader who took the evils of Auschwitz to improve the world. Mr. Elie Wiesel way of thinking and acting is a valuable to us because teaching has always been central to his work. Since 1976, he became a Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor. He is a member of the Faculty in the Department of Religion as well as the Department of Philosophy.
Previously, he served as Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York (1972-76) and the first Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in Humanities and Social Thought at Yale University (1982-83). In conclusion, there is no better way to conclude than to quote Elie Wiesel’s own words: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. What these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone, that we are not forgetting them, that while their freedom depends on ours, the qualities of our freedom depend on theirs. ”