Kennesaw State Designated "No Place for Hate" by Anti-Defamation League

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First university in the nation to receive the distinction from prestigious group

(Left to right:) Kennesaw State University Museum of History & Holocaust Education's Richard Harker, education & outreach coordinator, joins with Catherine Lewis, director, to proudly display the  “No Place for Hate” banner presented by the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region's Holli Levinson, education project director; Shelley Rose, associate director; and Bill Nigut, regional director.

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2012) — Kennesaw State University has been presented with the “No Place for Hate” designation by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for its work in Holocaust education and efforts to fight bigotry. Kennesaw State is the first university in the nation to receive the honor.

Kennesaw State’s Chief Diversity Officer Erik L. Malewski said, “The University is honored to have been chosen as the first ‘No Place for Hate’ university by the Anti-Defamation League, recognizing our continued work to promote education and dialogue addressing prejudice and discrimination.”

ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut presented the designation and accompanying banner this week to Catherine Lewis, director of the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education before a performance of “Degenerate Music: Banned Composers in the Nazi Era.” The Kennesaw State School of Music’s special lecture and recital comes 74 years after the infamous Kristallnacht attacks against Jews in Germany and Austria.

“For Kennesaw State University to be the first university nationwide to be designated a ‘No Place for Hate’ is significant,” said Lewis. “It reflects our commitment to the community, and we’re very excited about the honor. The Museum of History and Holocaust Education has had a long-term partnership with ADL, and we’ve worked collaboratively on issues related to discrimination. This designation recognizes the University’s efforts, and we are thrilled.”

Founded in 1913, the ADL is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

The lecture by Laurence Sherr, Kennesaw State professor of music and composer-in-residence, was followed by a recital by Jocelyn Adelman, violinist from the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Amanda Halstead, pianist from the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.  

“As the son of a Holocaust survivor, my work focuses on the creation of compositions, research and lectures on music in the Holocaust,” said Sherr. “Receiving this ‘No Place for Hate’ designation is highly meaningful as it reinforces the striving for greater tolerance in society that I am pursuing. It’s really an honor for Kennesaw State.”

Nigut commended Kennesaw State on the achievement. “We wanted to honor Kennesaw State because of its work in Holocaust education and all of the other things Kennesaw State does to fight bigotry.” Nigut added, “The ‘No Place for Hate’ designation is in recognition for all that the University is doing to remind people of the consequences of hatred and bigotry.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.