Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel will speak at the University of Florida on March 12.
Accent Speaker’s Bureau and Jewish Awareness Month are sponsoring the event at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Wiesel authored “Night,” a renowned memoir of his time at Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The Nazis took him and his father to the concentration camp when he was 15 years old.
Wiesel has since written more than 50 books and has received the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Wiesel is receiving $53,000 for the appearance.
Josh Holtzman, Accent chairman, said Wiesel’s life experiences and work make him a great speaker during Jewish Awareness Month.
“His words have impacted so many people in helping the world understand the Jewish experience during the Holocaust and afterward,” Holtzman said.
The event is free and open to the public, and tickets for the general public will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Phillips Center starting at 7 p.m. on March 12. Doors open at 7 p.m, and the program is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
For UF students, tickets will be available at the Phillips Center starting noon on March 11.