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Dr. Eva Olsson to Present “A Woman’s Struggle Against Intolerance” at Trent University on March 1


Public Invited to Hear Inspiring Speaker and Holocaust Survivor Address Topic of Character Building

Monday, February 26, 2007, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce that holocaust survivor Dr. Eva Olsson will share powerful stories from her past when she presents “A Woman’s Struggle Against Intolerance” at Wenjack Theatre on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Renowned for her impact on young people, Dr. Olsson will impart to Trent students how she developed courage in the face of painful life experiences, enabling her to survive incredible struggles. Her visit is hosted by the Champlain College Cabinet, with the assistance of several other university departments.

In her lifetime, Dr. Olsson has battled against the discrimination of being uneducated (as a result of her extreme Orthodox upbringing), of an interracial marriage, of being an outcast from her surviving family, of being an immigrant, a widow, and a single parent. During all of these struggles she has sought to deal with the haunting nightmares of the holocaust and she has emerged with a victorious spirit and the courage to bring a message of hope to young people.

Since her first presentation in 1996 to her granddaughter’s elementary school class, Dr. Olsson has since gone on to deliver over 900 presentations, reaching more than 300,000 people. In 2000, she self-published her autobiography Unlocking the Doors: A Woman’s Struggle Against Intolerance. She is internationally renowned as a speaker on character building and has been honoured by many educational groups.
Wenjack Theatre is located at Otonabee College on the east bank of Trent University’s Symons Campus. There is no charge to attend this event, and members of the general public are invited to attend.


For further information, please contact:
Professor Stephen Brown, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1238