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Said on Campus --- Quotes from recent lectures and talks at St. Mary's College of Maryland

Written by Lee Capristo, Flora Lethbridge-Çejku, Anne Grulich, Barbara Geehan


William Yoast The Gaza Strip Auschwitz Chopin

"Have compassion for all groups in your lifetime, the poor, the ill, the old - because someday in your lifetime you will be all of these."
---William Yoast, former assistant football coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, when it was first integrated in the early 1970s, at the 2010 Southern Maryland Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 18.


Carbon dioxide levels have never been this high, not only for all of human history, but for all time....Until privileged Americans start making an effort (to help climate change), the rest of the world will not, and frankly, I don't see why they should.---Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist and author of "Field Notes on Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change," speaking Oct. 21 about the urgent crisis of climate change and the lack of action to assuage the crisis.


The wall goes around the village like a snake. My family was not allowed to get to the olive trees to make olive oil, the trees were not taken care of so it was not a good harvest. - Jala Basil Andoni....I am not anti-Israel. I am not pro-Palestine. I am pro-Israel and to do that the occupation must end. I am very glad the United States is our friend; and as any parent telling his child not to get into the mud and get dirty, Israel must be told to give up its possessions. - Ruth El-Raz    Andoni, a Palestianian Christian, and El-Raz, an Israeli
Jew, describe Oct. 23 how they are affected by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, as part of the Jerusalem Women Speak Tour, organized by Partners for Peace to raise awareness of continued confl ict around the Gaza Strip and the ramifications for the rest of the world.

Art helps us re-engage and re-examine the events of life.
---Mary Braun, director of the College's Boyden Gallery, spoke of the heart-wrenching irony that is brought forth by the work of artist Keiko Ishii Eckhardt whose great-grandfather left the internment camps in the U.S. and returned to Hiroshima just before the atomic bomb. Braun was opening the exhibition "Interrupted Lives: Human Migration in War and Peace" Oct. 21.

What we now understand about the peopling process both temporally and behaviorally is far more nuanced.
---Archaeologist James Adovasio, describing how 19th-century images of macho, spear-wielding, naked male hunters sprinting the length of the continent with stone spears took a fertile foothold in the American imagination, in his talk "Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective," Oct. 22.

(At Auschwitz) the people that went to the left went straight to the gas chambers, the people that went to the right went to work...I was small at the time so I wore a lot of layers to make myself look bigger.

The ground was actually moving. The people were still alive when they were buried.

We were not fed very well. We had a chunk of bread and sweet beet for breakfast, then for lunch, there was soup that the smell alone would make you faint, but we were so hungry, we were always hungry. It was always on our minds.

All of us never thought we'd come out alive. I was 15 at the time...We all thought we were destined for the same thing, that we were going to die.

We were brought up with certain values and morals and despite what had happened to us, we remained civil. They destroyed our families and everything we had but not our human spirit. We still could act like human beings even though we did not feel like them.


---Holocaust survivor Martin Weiss speaking Nov. 12 as part of the 14th annual Holocaust and Genocide Series, about his ght to survive in several concentration camps during World War II. Weiss was born in 1929 in the Hungarian-occupied part of the Czech Republic. In 1944, he and his family were put into cattle cars and deported to the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He stayed there brie y before being moved to Austria, where he survived as a slave laborer in the Mauthausen sub-camps.

Chopin delighted in movement, so (when you listen to his waltzes) you actually feel like you are spinning, spinning, spinning, like you are about to take off….A mazurka is a dotted rhythm on the first downbeat. If I had to take one genre to a desert island, and I hope it would never happen, it would be Chopin’s mazurkas.
---Brian Ganz describing Chopin’s love for the mazurka, a Polish dance music, at one of his Piano Talks Nov. 18.

It seemed like Homer's story was the story in all of us; the war was never over for so many of us...142 soldiers from Dam's village were never found, 300,000 Vietnamese were never found....I had thought (bringing Dam's personal effects) back to his family would be a private ceremony with the family, but I did not realize that this village had lost
so many, this was like all of them coming back. They were crying as if he had died yesterday....One of the reasons for this book is that there are so many people coming back the same way now.
---
Vietnam veteran, author, and College of Southern Maryland professor Wayne Karlin speaking Nov. 9 about his novel, "Wandering Souls," which follows the story of two soldiers on opposite sides of the war.

I feel that Mexico is very very badly represented in American culture....In 1921, Mexicans initiated a cultural renaissance. U.S. artists and intellectuals were thrilled and fl ocked to Mexico.
---
Mary Kay Vaughan, Mexican historian and history professor at the University of Maryland, in her talk "Myths about Mexico," this year's
Alice Fenwick Fleury Zamanakos History Lecture, Nov. 10.