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Tuesday, September 29, 1998

The Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust" Topic of October 14 lecture by Gregory Conti

SALISBURY, MD--The Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust is the subject of a lecture by translator and scholar, Gregory Conti, on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall Room 111 at Salisbury State University.

Contis SSU visit is part of a series of distinguished American guest lectures this month which include The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Congregation Emanuel in New York and Rutgers University, Boston College and Yale University.

His talk will approach the subject through two books which Conti has recently translated into English: The Banality of Goodness by Enrico Deaglio, an Italian journalist, which chronicles the life of Giorgio Perlasca. It is published by University of Notre Dame Press. Perlasca, an Italian Catholic, saved some 5,000 Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust.

The Word Jew by Rosetta Loy is a personal memoir of an Italian Catholic childhood from 1931 to October 16, 1943, the date that several thousand Roman Jews were deported to Auschwitz. The book focuses on Italy and the papacy.

I think a good stating point for my presentation, said Conti, would be the question Perlasca asks at the opening of The Banality of Goodness: What would you have done in my place? The question invites reflection on the importance of time and place in peoples responses to events like the Holocaust that demand moral decision and action.

Conti has his M.A. in American studies from Yale University and Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He currently lives in Perugia where he teaches and works as a translator. He has included Salisbury on his tour because of close ties to the University.

As part of the day he will conduct a workshop on Translating as a Career from 3-4 p.m. in the Guerrieri University Centers Nanticoke Room A. The workshop is sponsored by Career Services with the English and Modern Languages departments. He will also be speaking to a History Department class taught by Dr. Maarten Pereboom.

The public lecture is sponsored by the Bellavance Honors Program. Conti is the brother-in-law to the late Thomas E. Bellavance, SSUs former president, for whom the SSU Honors Program was named. Contis sister is Elizabeth Bellavance of Salisbury. For more information on his lecture and visit, call Elizabeth Bellavance at 410-548-5313.


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