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Annual John Glenn and Schwartz Lectures Highlight Fall Semester
Erik Klemetti

Muskingum University’s Annual John Glenn Distinguished Lecture brought noted volcano scientist Dr. Erik Klemetti to campus. On Oct. 3, Dr. Klemetti presented “Before, During, and After the Eruption: Using Mineral Ages and Compositions to Read the History of Magmatism in Cascade Range (USA) Volcanoes.” His talk featured what is known about the processes that prepare volcanoes to erupt or not erupt.

Dr. Klemetti is an Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and volcanologist at Denison University. He studies volcanoes all over the planet, from Chile to New Zealand to the Cascades of Oregon and California. His research focuses on how crystals record the events inside a volcano before and between eruptions. He regularly writes for Discover magazine.

The Schwartz Annual Lecture was delivered by Dr. Helene Sinnreich on Nov. 9, the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. She discussed her book, The Atrocity of Hunger: Starvation in the Warsaw, Lodz, and Krakow Ghettos During World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2023). The work focuses on the Jews who struggled to survive the deadly Nazi ghettos, particularly the genocidal famine conditions.

Dr. Sinnreich is Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She is co-editor-in-chief of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s academic journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press). She has served as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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