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President Campo to lead poetry discussion on April 12th

…for the truest poetry is the most feigning; and lovers are given to poetry, and what they swear in poetry may be said as lovers they do feign.

–Shakespeare, As You Like It, III.iii

Since 1996, April has been National Poetry Month in the United States. According to the American Academy of Poets, which founded the celebration, the purpose of National Poetry Month is “to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern”

This year, on April 12th, President Campo will lead a special reading and discussion at the Library of a selection of poems spanning nearly 400 years:

Library commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

On January 27, 1945 the advancing Soviet army entered Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

This year, on the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Library marked this solemn event with two days of commemorative events. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Library screened Claude Lanzmann’s 9½ hour film Shoah. Based on interviews with concentration camp survivors, guards, and witnesses from surrounding villages, Shoah (1985) has been acclaimed as the most important of all Holocaust documentaries.

At 6:30 p.m., in front of a standing-room only audience in the Library Auditorium, a memorial service for victims of the Nazis was held in conjunction with an introduction to the world premier of The Auschwitz Album Revisited, an exhibition of 28 paintings by artist Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens. The memorial service included reflections on the Holocaust by Library Dean Sara Baron, University Chancellor Pat Robertson, and President Carlos Campo. Five honored guests also spoke. Dr. Israel Zoberman, founding Rabbi at Congregation Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach, led the recitation of the Kaddish (Jewish Mourner’s Prayer). Holocaust survivor and Chesapeake resident David Katz gave a moving testimony of how he survived the war with the aid of French “righteous Gentiles,” and even served as a courier for the French Resistance. A brief autobiography of Mr. Katz may be read here.

Following Mr. Katz’s remarks, Rev. Sonny Mathew introduced the artist. Dr. Hutchens recounted looking at the Auschwitz Album and feeling deeply moved by the photographs, particularly those of women and children. “I tried to think about how I would have felt, and I was overwhelmed with sorrow.” It was then that she felt God’s call to give artistic expression to the subjects of the photographs. Initially, Dr. Hutchens had planned to do a series of only twelve paintings, but as she worked on the project, she felt a responsibility to memorialize all the children in the Auschwitz Album. Twenty-eight paintings have now been created, and Dr. Hutchens continues to add to the series.

The memorial service concluded with Cantor Roni Wexler chanting the El Male Rachamim (prayer for the departed). A video of the memorial service may be viewed by clicking here.

Following a five-minute break, the audience re-assembled in the Library gallery, and the artist’s husband, Brigadier General James Hutchens, US Army (ret.), offered a prayer, blessing the paintings and officially opening the exhibition. A video of Gen. Hutchen’s remarks may be viewed here.

The Auschwitz Album Revisited will be on display in the Library gallery through February 18th. The paintings will be taken to the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival in Poland this summer.

On January 28th at the Library, 14 readers joined historian Dr. David Meyer for a discussion of Elie Wiesel’s memoir of Auschwitz, Night, one of the foundational works of Holocaust literature.

Throughout all the commemorative events, the declaration “Never Again” emerged as the over-arching theme of the proceedings, with President Campo articulating what must be the end-purpose of all education about the Holocaust: “We will ever remain vigilant, and I stand in the tradition that says ‘never again.’”

Dr. Campo leads Romeo and Juliet discussion at the Library

Photo: Daniel McCullum. Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

In a slightly early celebration of Valentines’ Day, Dr. Carlos Campo led a discussion of Romeo and Juliet for the Library Book Club on February 9th. Fifty students, faculty, and staff from Regent and CBN turned out to enjoy Dr. Campo’s trademark erudition and humor.

In an introduction to his mini-lecture on Rome and Juliet, Dr. Campo gave an overview of the life and career of William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon and invited any Oxfordians among the audience to make an appointment should they wish to make their case.

Dr. Campo, who holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in drama, taught literature and theatre for many years, and this dual emphasis was apparent in his illumination of the play. In discussing Act II, scene ii (the “balcony” scene), for example, Dr. Campo pointed to some often overlooked lines near the end of the scene that exemplify Shakespeare’s mimetic power:

Juliet At what o’clock to-morrow
Shall I send to thee?

Romeo At the hour of nine.

Juliet I will not fail; ’tis twenty years till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.

Romeo Let me stand here till thou remember it.

Juliet I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
Remembering how I love thy company.

Romeo And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.

(II.ii.182-191)

The crucial verb in this exchange is “forget.” So overcome with love for Romeo is Juliet that she forgets why she called him back to the balcony. Yet, “I have forgot [my lines]” is something no good actor should ever say! By making this inside joke to fellow members of the acting profession, Shakespeare also underscores the extraordinary naturalism of his depiction of romantic love.

Historic Shakespeare documents from the Library's Special CollectionsTo enhance the event, Library archivist Don Gantz arranged a display of historic Shakespeare editions and lithographs from the Library’s Special Collections.

Click here to view a video of this event.

For information on upcoming Library Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Dr. Campo to lead discussion of Romeo and Juliet on February 9th

Romeo and Juliet (1884), Thomas Francis DickseeWritten by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep: The more I give to thee
The more I have, for both are infinite.

Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day this year, treat yourself to a re-read of the most powerful depiction of romantic love in Western literature. In February, Dr. Carlos Campo will lead a discussion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the University Library. Dr. Campo holds a Ph.D. in English with a drama emphasis and taught English and theatre for many years at the College of Southern Nevada, Dove College, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Approaching Romeo and Juliet as both literature and drama, Dr. Campo is an exceptionally qualified guide to Shakespeare’s most popular play.

Like the Bible, Shakespeare ought to be read and reread over a lifetime, both for wisdom and for the peculiar joy that comes from the experience of a difficult pleasure. If you have wanted to become re-acquainted with the bard for some time, take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy Dr. Campo’s expertise (and humor) as he leads our conversation of Shakespeare’s most accessible masterpiece.

The discussion of Romeo and Juliet will take place in the Library on Tuesday, February 9th at 12:00. For more information on this and other Library literature events, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.