In this lecture, DR. TODD PRESNER will focus on the technological history of Holocaust testimony from its earliest collection on a wire recorder by David Boder in 1946 through today. He will pay special attention to the issues of media forms, interfaces, information systems, and taxonomies, as well as the ethical issues that surround the collection and use of Holocaust testimony. Additionally, Dr. Presner will discuss how large-scale, digital databases of Holocaust testimony have changed the kind of questions scholars ask about the Holocaust, how they probe these historical events, and what can be discovered using digital tools.
Dr. Todd Presner, Professor, Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies; Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director, Center for Jewish Studies; and Chair, Digital Humanities Program, University of California, Los Angeles
A reception will follow the lecture.
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture honors excellence in research on the Holocaust and fosters dissemination of important, new Holocaust scholarship. Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff of Baltimore, Maryland, were active philanthropists in the United States and abroad, focusing especially on Jewish learning and scholarship, music, the arts, and humanitarian causes. Their children, Eleanor Katz and Harvey M. Meyerhoff, member and Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, have endowed this lecture.