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John Roth. Lecture and Workshop at the Portland Center for Public Humanities
John Roth. Lecture and Workshop at the Portland Center for Public Humanities

John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Center for Human Rights Leadership) at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught from 1966 through 2006. In 2007-2008, he served as the Robert and Carolyn Frederick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In addition to service on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and on the editorial board for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, he has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy; Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau; The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies; and Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide. Roth has been Visiting Professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, and his Holocaust-related research appointments have included a 2001 Koerner Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England as well as a 2004-05 appointment as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington, D.C. Roth has served on the Church Relations Committee at USHMM, and presently he chairs the national board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. In 1988, he was named U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In October 2012, he presented The Politics of Testimony: Aftereffects of Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities and gave a workshop on his new book, Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.