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Published: Fri Nov 15, 2013


A Holocaust survivor will speak at Tennessee Tech University’s Mix It Up At Lunch to encourage diversity and understanding between cultures.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 in the second-floor multipurpose room in the Roaden University Center.

Mix It Up At Lunch is designed to bring people together, no matter their backgrounds by hosting a lunch where those who attend are encouraged to interact with people who are different from themselves..

“We want individuals who attend Mix It Up At Lunch Day to cross those social boundaries and get to know someone who is different than they are,” said Shelly Brown, instructor of sociology and political science. “When we don’t take the time to know the individuals outside our perceptions of what makes us ‘different’, then how can we possibly work to make the world a better place?”

Esther Bauer and her family lived in Hamburg, Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party. She survived the ghettos, Auschwitz and various labor camps before being liberated by Allied troops in 1945.

“I wanted to bring a Holocaust survivor to campus to share her story about being a survivor and overcoming one of the most horrific times in history,” said Brown “Who better to help us understand the beauty in diversity and the language of love and understanding than someone who has survived the worst of humanity.”

Following her release, Bauer vowed to “live each day, have fun and be a human being.”

Mix It Up At Lunch is a part of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Program. It is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, which is made possible by the general education fund.

The RUC is at 1000 N. Dixie Ave.