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AU professor to bring Holocaust history to Bergren Forum

Gary Ostrower, the Joseph K. Kruson Distinguished Professor of history at Alfred University (AU), will present “Searching for Auschwitz” as the next installment of AU’s ongoing Bergren Forum series.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Nevins Theater, located in Alfred University’s Powell Campus Center, beginning at 12:10 p.m.

Ostrower will discuss an early summer 2012 trip he made with 19 Alfred University students to Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Warsaw, in pursuit of Holocaust history. The trip was part of Ostrower’s “Nazi Holocaust” class offered during the spring 2012 semester.

Ostrower earned a bachelor of arts degree from Alfred University. He then continued his education and received both a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. Although much of his teaching career has been at Alfred University, he has also taught at Vassar College and served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Aarhus University in Denmark.

An active member in the community, Ostrower was mayor of Alfred from 1999 to 2005, a member of the Village Board of Trustees for 18 years, and coach of his son’s Little League team. He has also served as a county liaison to the NYS Assembly and is a commentator on local radio stations.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.