Dr. Alan Rosen, Pd. D.

Lecture date: October 24, 2012

Author of: The Wonder of Their Voice: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder and Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism and the Problem of English

The title of his lecture was: What Literature Can Teach Us That History Cannot

Student comments:

“Dr. Rosen's speech made me realize how interconnected literature and history are and how they depend on one another so heavily.  He explained that for literature to accurately portray history, it must be told objectively.  At the same time, it is also vital for this writing to maintain a personal sense that immerses the student into the situation.  Dr. Rosen allowed me to take a look at the relationship between these two subjects in a whole new fashion.”

“The lecture was interesting and eye opening. I never really thought about literature versus history this way before. Dr. Rosen pointed out that literature often changes the historical events, and that helped me to understand how sometimes the stories don't add up. He also mentioned that history doesn’t float off like a balloon as literature does. Literature can be interpreted in many ways, but history is facts. This will make it much easier for me to interpret documents in both English and history class.”

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