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‘Never Again’ panel discussion at URI to follow The Diary of Anne Frank

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 27, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Theatre will host a panel discussion at 7:15 p.m., immediately following the 5 p.m. matinee of The Diary of Anne Frank on Sunday, May 1.

The “Never Again” panel will convene to discuss the Holocaust and more recent genocides with a view to improving understanding among people.

Panelists include Dr. Bernard Lafayette, distinguished scholar-in-residence and director of URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies; Albert Silverstein, psychology professor emeritus and Holocaust survivor; Professor Robert Weisbord, history professor and Holocaust Scholar; and Anna Prager, Holocaust survivor. Bryna Wortman, assistant professor of theatre and director of The Diary of Anne Frank production at URI, will moderate the panel.

In addition, the Anne Frank Story exhibition featuring photos and text of Anne and her family juxtaposed to world events will be on exhibit in the URI Fine Arts Center lobby from Wednesday, May 4 through Saturday, May 7. This exhibit comes from the Anne Frank Center, USA and has traveled around the country including the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Diary of Anne Frank will be presented at the URI Theatre Department, Fine Arts Center, Robert E. Will Theatre from April 28 through April 30, May 4 through May 7 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 5 p.m. The May 1st performance is dedicated to the memory of Thomas R. Pezzullo. All proceeds from that performance will go directly into a memorial scholarship fund, which benefits theatre students.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens and children.