ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt to Open Annual Staenberg Lecture Series –

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaks at the group’s 2018 National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The inaugural annual Staenberg Conference will now feature Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Due to a scheduling conflict, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson will no longer be the first guest speaker in a new partnership between the University of Maryville, philanthropists Michael and Carol Staenberg, the Staenberg Family Foundation and the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.

The lecture series examines contemporary social issues through the lens of the Holocaust, its lessons and its historical significance. Greenblatt is also the author of the new book It Could Happen Here: Why America is Going from Hate to the Unthinkable and How We Can Stop It.

“Our museum and this partnership with the University of Maryville is an important step in expanding the scope of learning about how the events of the Holocaust and current issues still intertwine today,” said Michael Staenberg.

The inaugural lesson

The first conference is also being pushed back from its original date of April 12, 2022 to April 19 at The Factory in West St. Louis County and is open to the public.

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The annual conference will also create educational opportunities for Maryville students as well as students from area high schools and youth organizations who attend the conferences.

“We are both honored and grateful to receive such generous support from the Staenberg Family Foundation to launch this program with the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum,” said Maryville President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “Together, we will shine a spotlight on social issues that remind us that we must never forget our past so that we can build a fairer and better future.”

“We are thrilled to forge this partnership with the University of Maryville to educate the community about the legacy of the Holocaust and its relevant contemporary lessons,” said Helen Turner, Director of Education and Interpretation at St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. “We are grateful to our longtime partners and supporters Michael and Carol Staenberg and the Staenberg Family Foundation for making this opportunity possible.”

Conference tickets are $12.00.

The factory hall will be open at 5 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. The program will start at 6:30 p.m.

Angela C. Hale