Geoffrey P. Megargee

Holocaust Scholar Speaks at AASU November 9

Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), which is co-sponsor of the event, also will host an induction ceremony for new members on Sunday, November 8, at 3 p.m. in the Armstrong Center.

(November 3, 2009) Dr. Geoffrey P. Megargee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a lecture, "The Universe of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945," at 7 p.m. Monday, November 9 in University Hall 156 on the AASU campus, 11935 Abercorn Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Megargee is an applied research scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He serves as editor-in-chief for the museum's multi-volume Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettoes, 1933-1945, the first volume of which was published in June 2009. He is the author of "Inside Hitler's High Command," which won the Society for Military History's 2001 Distinguished Book Award; and "War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941." Megargee serves as presidential counselor for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Megargee recently appeared on the PBS News Hour to discuss his research findings. A transcript of the interview can be found at:

The lecture is sponsored by AASU's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller.

For its induction ceremony, PKP initiates are invited from the upper 7.5 percent of the junior class, from the upper 10 percent of seniors, post baccalaureate students, graduate students and from AASU distinguished faculty, professional staff, alumni, and community.

PKP is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The mission of PKP is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." PKP awards 60 graduate fellowships of $5,000 annually, 40 Awards of Excellence scholarships of $2,000 for first year graduate study, 38 undergraduate Study Abroad Grants of $1,000, 60 Emerging Scholar Awards of $250 to qualifying students, 50 Love of Learning Awards of $500 for post-baccalaureate study, Literacy grants of up to $2,500 to champion Literacy initiatives and a triennial award of $5,000 for outstanding Scholar and Artist awards.