Holocaust Scholar to Present Forum March 30

Dr. Ilona Klein, associate professor of Italian at Brigham Young University, will give a forum entitled, “A Witness to the Holocaust,” on Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center at Southern Virginia University.

Dr. Ilona Klein has taught at BYU since 1994. Previously, she taught at Loyola University in Baltimore for eight years. She has received awards including two prestigious BYU fellowships for outstanding teaching and scholarship—the Alcuin Faculty Fellowship and the Karl G. Maeser Professorship.

Klein’s research focuses on Holocaust studies and on Italian romanticism. She has published articles and book reviews in scholarly journals including “European Romantic Review,” “Rocky Mountain Review” and “Lingua Romana.”

Klein received an Italian doctorate summa cum laude in English and American literature from the Università La Sapienza in Rome. She also received a doctorate in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She wrote dissertations on “Moby Dick” and on Italian romanticism.

Klein is a graduate of the Provo Police Citizens’ Academy and certified volunteer mobile watcher for the Provo City police. She and her husband, Arno Dienhart, currently reside in Provo, Utah.

Community members and Southern Virginia faculty, staff and students are invited to hear forum and devotional speakers each Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center. Recordings of past forum and devotional speeches may be accessed online.