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Renowned Holocaust Survivor Received Nobel Peace Prize in 1986  

EPHRAIM, Utah—March 17, 2006—Snow College today announced that Elie Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the Tanner Lecture on Human Values Monday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on Snow’s Ephraim campus. Snow College will present Wiesel with an honorary doctorate of humane letters prior to the speech. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the citizens of Utah to hear one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for peace,” stated Michael T. Benson, president of Snow College. “Professor’s Wiesel’s visit to Snow marks the first time ever a Nobel Laureate has spoken on campus and it is a tremendous honor for us to host someone of his stature and reputation. We thank Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for his efforts in helping arrange this visit.”

This opportunity for Snow College and Utahns is due to the friendship President Benson forged with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at Oxford University in the early nineties. Benson, whose grandfather, Ezra Taft Benson, was then president and prophet of the worldwide Mormon Church, was completing doctoral studies while Boteach was the Rabbi at Oxford. Rabbi Boteach ran one of Oxford’s largest student organizations hosting world leaders lecturing on values-based issues. Benson was a member and officer of the organization.

Rabbi Boteach, an international best-selling author of 16 books who is now host of TLC’s weekly TV program, “Shalom in the Home,” has visited Snow’s campus twice – once as the Tanner Lecturer. The two friends have a goal to bring a permanent Jewish studies center to Snow College and hope that the Wiesel lecture can be a springboard to that end.

Wiesel will arrive in Salt Lake City and have a lunch meeting with Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and other Utah officials. A press conference may follow the luncheon before Wiesel travels to Ephraim to deliver the Tanner Lecture. Details about Wiesel’s speech and the press conference will be announced in late April.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his outstanding contributions to humanity. He has authored over 40 works of fiction and nonfiction including his best-known work, “Night” – a memoir about his experiences in Nazi death camps. The book has since been translated into more than 30 languages and is again near the top of the New York Times bestseller list due to its inclusion in the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Over one million copies of “Night” have sold in the past three months.

The Grace A. Tanner Lecture on Human Values at Snow College is funded through an endowment established by the O.C. Tanner Foundation. Tanner Lectures are presented annually at many esteemed universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, University of California and University of Utah. Previous lecturers at Snow include George McGovern, Joan Mondale, Jake Garn, Scott Matheson France Davis and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.