LECTURES: WWU hosts two talks related to World War II

Western Washington University’s Western Libraries hosts Lisa Marcus and Kirsten Christenson from Pacific Lutheran University in a two-part talk, “Collaborating Across Disciplines: Holocaust and Genocide Studies at PLU,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Viking Union room 565.

Marcus will describe a project bringing together students and faculty from English, history and religion to explore the implications of cultural critic Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” Christensen will discuss key features of the development of PLU’s new academic minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, inaugurated last fall. Details: 360-650-7667, Jeanne.armstrong@wwu.edu.

David Clay Large, author of “Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936,” will discuss the history behind his book, also at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Academic West Room 204. America’s presence in Berlin at the 1936 Olympics was highly controversial due to a powerful boycott effort in the U.S. and the extraordinary performances of black athletes, including the four gold medals won by track star Jesse Owens.

Large’s presentation is hosted by the Western Reads program in conjunction with its 2014-15 selection, “The Boys in the Boat,” about the University of Washington men’s rowing team that won a gold medal at the Berlin games. Details: 360-650-2829, Dawn Dietrich at Western.Reads@wwu.edu.