University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Days of Remembrance

The University of Utah remembers the millions of victims of the Holocaust during its annual Days of Remembrance commemoration. These events coincide with the national Holocaust Remembrance Day, and include a keynote address, lecture, reading, workshop and feature film. All events (except the workshop taken for credit) are free and open to the public.

Why We Remember
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Jewish Community Center Holocaust Memorial


List of Events


Monday, March 31, 12:55-5:00 pm
Social Behavioral Science Lecture Hall Auditorium (S Beh)

This is a one day workshop combines lectures, film, and discussions to provide important insights into the Holocaust. Instructors include University of Utah faculty, professor Nathan Devir and Maeera Shreiber, and a visiting expert, professor James E. Young. This workshop may be taken for one credit and will require some additional reading and an online final exam. To register please contact the Registrars Office at (801) 581-8969.

Candlelight Vigil

Monday, March 31, 5:15 pm
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building Patio and Labyrinth

Powerful opportunity to gather together as a University community to remember and honor all of those who were victims of this historic catastrophe.

Keynote Address

Tuesday, April 1, 12:00 pm
Gould Auditorium, Marriot Library

Internationally recognized Holocaust scholar James E. Young will give the keynote address, “Memory, Counter-Memory and the End of Holocaust Monuments,” Young is Distinguished Professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a unique perspective on public memorials and how communities remember tragic events and the people affected by them. In addition to authoring many books and articles about the Holocaust and memory he has consulted with numerous city agencies on their memorials and museums, including serving on the Academic Advisory board for the National 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 2, 12:00 pm
The Hinckley Institute of Politics

“How Does Your Community Remember?”- a panel discussion with members of the community who will share their stories of loss, displacement and explain how they work to keep the memories alive to sustain the past and to ensure community identity.

Panel Members Include:

  • Jennifer Napier-Pierce, Salt Lake Tribune (moderator)
  • John Price, U.S Ambassador and Holocaust Survivor
  • Lina Smith, Asian Association of Utah
  • Irene Ota, Diversity Coordinator, College of Social Work, U of U
  • Armando Solorzano, Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Studies and Ethnic Studies, U of U


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