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The Holocaust and the Common Good

As one of CMC’s most cherished professors and prolific writers, Professor John Roth has established himself as serious scholar and brilliant professor. His lecture will draw from concerns reflected in his teaching at CMC for more than forty years, and he will reflect on what he takes to be some of the most important ethical implications of the Holocaust.

Spending the last year on sabbatical as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Professor Roth used the sabbatical to finish and publish five books. In addition to his career in the classroom, he has written, coauthored, or edited more than 40 books, including his latest, Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau (2006).

Dr. Roth has received the Roy P. Crocker Award for Excellence four times during his tenure at CMC. In 1988, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He also was the recipient of the first Claremont McKenna College President’s Award in 1987 and again in 2004. His expertise in Holocaust and genocide studies has been advanced by postdoctoral appointments as a Graves Fellow in the Humanities, a Fulbright lecturer in American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, Yale University.

Professor Roth is currently the Edward J. Sexton professor of philosophy at CMC and the director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. Professor Roth plans to retire after this semester; he will be sorely missed.