Rose Project - Event Annoucement


Talking with our Past in the Future:
From the Holocaust to Digital Interactive Holography

Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Shoah Foundation

May 18, 2016, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Merage School Auditorium

The Paul Merage School of Business (SB1, First Floor, Room 1200)
University of California, Irvine

Pinchas Gutter has told his story many times: the horrors of childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto; being ripped away from his parents and 10-year-old twin sister the day the family arrived at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland, never to see them again; barely surviving a brutal Nazi prisoner "death march" away from front lines and allied forces; his liberation in 1945.
The story never loses its power, its agony, or its moments of hope - even if it's not the 80-year-old Gutter who's telling his tale, but rather a full-body hologram of the Holocaust survivor.
The digital representation is a product of New Dimensions in Testimony, a high-tech initiative at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies designed to record survivors' first-person accounts for interactive 3D exhibits that live on long after the storytellers have passed. At the narrative-driven helm of the project is Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation, who asked Gutter and a number of other survivors hundreds of questions while on a light stage measuring 26 feet in diameter, surrounded by high-speed cameras and more than 6000 LED lights. More
The UCI School of Social Sciences, in partnership with the UCI Office of the Chancellor, the Rose Project of the Jewish Federation & Family Services, and Hillel at UCI, invites you to hear from Smith as he details the project's history, progress and future on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Merage School Auditorium, The Paul Merage School of Business (SB1, First Floor, Room 1200). 
RSVPs are requested online. For further information, please contact Gianna Linnert at or 949.824.6802.
Stephen D. Smith (pictured above), is the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation in The Institute for Visual History and Education. He's committed to making the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust and of other crimes against humanity a compelling voice for education and action. His leadership at the institute is focused on finding strategies to optimize the effectiveness of the testimonies for education, research, and advocacy purposes. A theologian by training, Smith has a particular interest in the impact of the Holocaust on religious and philosophical thought and practice. He founded the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, England and cofounded the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. He was also the inaugural Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which runs the National Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom. In October 2013, Smith was named the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. He collaborates with genocide researchers and educators around the world to develop educator training and multidisciplinary programs that foster learning about the causes and effects of mass violence.



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