Lehman Professor To Give Talk on Breaking the Cycle of Hate April 5

BRONX, NY — Lehman College Professor Sondra Perl will hold a special reading and discussion of her latest book, On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I was Taught to Hate, on Wednesday, April 5, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 335 of Davis Hall. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this talk is free and open to the public.

Professor Perl recently completed lecture series, which took her from New York to Austria then back to the States. Based on her book, the lectures were intended to broaden the dialogue between victims and perpetrators of atrocities, and their families.

The book chronicles her journey, as an educator and Jewish woman, into the land she associates with the rise of Hitler and events leading to the Holocaust. In 1996, she was invited to travel to Austria to teach English to Austrian teachers. Forced to confront and come to terms with her own prejudices, Professor Perl was inspired to begin a dialogue with her students, which eventually led to the idea for the book and then the tour.

Professor Perl is the recipient of Lehman College’s 2005 Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Works Award in the Division of Arts and Humanities. In 1996, the Carnegie Foundation named her New York State Teacher of the Year. An expert on the teaching of writing, she is the author of Felt Sense: Writing with the Body and coauthor of Through Teachers’ Eyes: Portraits of Writing Teachers at Work and the forthcoming Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction.

For more information on this event, call 718-960-8426.