Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Wed

    Lecture: "Through His Eyes: Viewing Jewish Life, Health, and Death at Gurs and Noé (1940-1942)"

    5:30 amBryant Hall 209

    Willa Johnson
    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Through careful analysis of the life and art of Karl Schwesig, a German Jewish concentration camp survivor, this lecture explores art's unique and powerful lens through which to view the human experiences of trauma and suffering.

    Willa Johnson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. She has been a fellow at Yad Vashem's Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority's International Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Cummings Foundation Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Over the past eight years, she has conducted historical research at more than 15 repositories of art and archives throughout Israel, Germany, France, and the United States and has conducted interviews with Shoah survivors for her book project, Karl Schwesig's Holocaust Art.

    The lecture is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Oxford, Mississippi.