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Professor Lotte Bailyn, daughter of 2 prominent social scientists, was born in Vienna and came to the U.S. as a child. She is the T Wilson Professor of Management, emerita, at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Leon Botstein, President, Bard College since 1975. Chairman, Central European University. Board member Open Society Foundations. Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra 1992 to present. Artistic director, Summerscape and Bard Music Festivals. Music Director, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (2003 to 2010).
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, is a partner at Washington, D.C. law firm, Covington & Burling heading the firm’s international practice, and is senior strategist at APCO Worldwide. He has held key senior positions in three US administrations, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). He was also named Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues under the Clinton Administration.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, was born in Vienna in 1937. He has lived in Jerusalem since 1968. During his professional career, he advised a variety of boards of major multinational companies on business strategy issues. He is presently a Board member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs at which he was Chairman from 2000-2012.
Herbert C. Kelman, Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University, was born in Vienna in 1927 and came to the US in 1940. To see new Oral History Interview of Hebert C. Kelman by Peter Mlczoch, click here
Walter Kohn, is an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist. Professor Kohn was the founding director of the National Science Foundation’s Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998 for his development of the density-functional theory.
Fritz P. Molden (1924-2014), a former resistance fighter, joined the Catholic underground at age 14 following the “Anschluss.” From 1944 he was a liaison officer between the O5 and the Allies; and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1947. Following the war, he became a journalist, diplomat, publisher and author.
Wolfgang M. Paul, fmr. Austrian Ambassador to the Netherlands and Israel (1997 – 2002), where he co-initiated many then ground-breaking cooperation projects, primarily with Yad Vashem, with a view to raising historical awareness in Austria as well as forging closer contacts between Austrian and Israeli teachers, journalists, historians and other academics.
Edmund de Waal, is a British ceramicist and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, selling over a million copies and translated into 23 languages. de Waal has received numerous awards for his work.
Elie Wiesel, is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. He has received numerous awards for his literary work and human rights activities, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of Liberty, and the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. Under the Carter administration in 1978, Elie Wiesel was appointed Chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, and in 1980, he became Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. In 1986, Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace. He is currently founding President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
Rektor Dr. Gerald Bast, Rector of Applied Arts since 2000, is vice chairman of the Federation of Austrian Universities, spokesman for the Austrian Rectors of Universities of the Arts and Vice-President of the Austrian Universities and the European League of Institutes of the Arts
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Potz, Professor at the University of Vienna, Head of the Department for Legal Philosophy, Law of Religion and Culture of the Law Faculty (Juridicum) at the University of Vienna, Vice Dean of the Law Faculty (Juridicum) at the University of Vienna (AT)
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Dirk H. Rupnow, Head of the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck (AT/DE)
Judy F. Baca, Professor at University of California, Los Angeles and Faculty Member, Cesar E. Chavez Center, 1996 – present, and World Arts & Culture Department, 2002 – present; Baca is the Founder and Artistic Director of Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) and UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab.
Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor and Head of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge). From 1996-2001, she held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna as Professor of Theory, Practice and Transfer of Contemporary Art.
Ellen Driscoll, MFA, Chair of sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design and an international artist included in major public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.
Prof. Debórah Dwork, Ph.D., The Rose Professor of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.
Eva Fogelman, Ph.D. Co-founder of the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers; co-founder and co-director of International Study of Organized Persecution of Children; and advisor to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; she is a social psychologist and psychotherapist.
Ruth Ellen Gruber, is an award-winning American writer, photographer, and independent scholar, chronicling Jewish cultural developments in contemporary Europe. Gruber served for many years as United Press International Chief Correspondent based in Rome, Brussels, London, Belgrade, Warsaw, and Vienna.
Prof. Steven Katz, Ph.D., Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, at Boston University; he holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
Martin Krenn, International artist living in Vienna (AT) and Belfast (NI), is an artist, curator and lecturer at the University of applied art in Vienna (AT). In his work, Krenn examines and discusses sociopolitical topics such as history politics, anti-Semitism and global justice.
Suzanne Lacy, MFA, Chair of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; From 1987-97 she was Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the California College of Arts; and in 1998 she became Founding Director of the Center for Art and Public Life.
Uta Larkey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of German Studies, the Director of the German program and affiliate faculty of the Judaic Studies program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Univ. Prof. Dr. Albert Lichtblau, Deputy Director of the Centre for Jewish Cultural History and an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Salzburg.
Prof. Dr. Jutta Lindert, President of the Public Mental Health Section of the European Public Health Association and Professor of Public Health at Protestant University of Ludwigsburg and University of Leipzig.
David S. Luft, Ph.D., is Horning Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities at Oregon State University. His scholarly work is on Austrian and Central European intellectual history since the eighteenth century.
Joanna B. Michlic, Ph.D., Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University; and an historian at Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Oliver Rathkolb, Professor at the Institute for Contemporary History and Chair of the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna.
Prof. Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. Founding Director of the Women’s Studies Research Center and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University; and holder of the Jacob Potofsky Chair of Sociology.
Lisa Rettl, Ph.D. Freelance historian in Vienna; author and documentary curator with filmmaker Jenny Gand.
Evan Roth, Independent international artist and researcher is co-founder of the Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), a web based, open source research and development lab.
Prof. Rudolf Sarközi, Chairman of Kulturverein, Österreichischer Roma/Culture Association, Austrian Roma.
David M. Seymour, Ph.D., Lecturer, The City Law School at City University London and former Director of Research, Board of Management for the Centre of Law and Society at the School of Law School, Lancaster University, UK.
Mag. Dr. Valentin Sima, Assistant professor for contemporary history at the University of Klagenfurt; recent publications focus on regional history regarding the Carinthian Slovenes, ethnic conflict, Nazism and politics of memory in Carinthia.
Prof. Dr. Ojars Sparitis, Member of Latvian Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Dept. for Doctoral studies at Latvian Art Academy; and a representative of Latvian States President in the National Committee of UNESCO.
Dr. Gregory Stanton, Founding President of Genocide Watch; Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project; Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; and former President of International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Mag.phil.Dr.phil. Heidemarie Uhl, Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IKT) and Collaborator at the Commission for Culture Studies and History of Theatre at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IKT).
Bessel van der Kolk, Dutch-born Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.
Ruth Weisberg, Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts; past President of College Art Association and recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009; and Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Hebrew Union College, 2001.
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; he is internationally renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments.
Prof. James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor of English and Judaic Studies and Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recent past Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies. He is the author of The Texture of Memory, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994.