2016 Meyerhoff Lecture: Holocaust Testimony, Evil, and Suffering
Jennifer L. Geddes is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. Her scholarship focuses on issues of ethics, evil, the Holocaust, and suffering. She is the author of Kafka’s Ethics of Interpretation: Between Tyranny and Despair (2016), the co-editor of The Double Binds of Ethics after the Holocaust: Salvaging the Fragments (with John K. Roth and Jules Simon, 2009), and the editor of Evil after Postmodernism: Histories, Narratives, Ethics (2001). Currently, she is completing a book entitled, The Rhetorics of Evil. Dr. Geddes was a Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellow in 2006. For her lecture, Dr. Geddes will examine the role of Holocaust testimonies in the study of evil and suffering.
She discusses the ways in which Holocaust testimonies engage us in the task of remembrance, while also stirring us to think more deeply about the evil and suffering in our world today.