Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel Speaks at Wesleyan, Meets Students

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Wesleyan in 1979, spoke on “Building an Ethical Society: The Death Penalty and Human Dignity” Oct. 26 in Memorial Chapel.

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain, acknowledges Wiesel on state following his talk. Wiesel, who was born an Orthodox Jew in what is now Romania, was deported to German concentration camps during World War II.

Wiesel met with Wesleyan students at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life to answer questions, and offer writing tips.

Wiesel responds to a question, posed by a student.

Wiesel held a press conference prior to his evening lecture.

Wiesel met several Wesleyan students, staff and faculty during his visit. Here, he met with Anne Greene, director of writing programs (pictured in the center, left of Wiesel), and Greene’s students, to discuss writing about ethical and moral issues. (Photos by Emily Brackman ’11, Bill Burkhart and Olivia Drake)