“I am personally honored that Bruce, Conan and Liam are joining me and lending their considerable talents to this year’s special 20th anniversary gala,” USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg said. “Not only do they entertain and inform us through song, laughter and words, but by helping us commemorate this significant milestone, they also draw attention to the vital work of the USC Shoah Foundation.”
They will be joining featured speaker President Barack Obama, who will also receive the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award.
TNT is once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor, continuing a strong relationship with the Institute that has spanned more than a decade.
USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.
Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation after completing the film Schindler’s List to collect and preserve the video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. He envisioned that these eyewitness accounts would have a profound effect on education, and that the survivors would become teachers of humanity for generations to come.
Today, the Institute’s Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it and lived through it. With its current collection of nearly 52,000 eyewitness testimonies in 34 languages and from 58 countries, it is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world.
USC Shoah Foundation is part of the University of Southern California’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Working within the university and with partners around the world, the Institute advances scholarship and research, provides resources and online tools for educators, and disseminates the testimonies for educational purposes.
The Institute is also working to preserve its testimonies in perpetuity, and to expand the Visual History Archive with accounts of survivors and witnesses of other genocides. In 2013 the Institute added an initial collection of 64 testimonies of survivors and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide through a partnership with Aegis Trust and in February 2014 an initial collection of 12 testimonies of survivors from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre were integrated into the Visual History Archive through a partnership with Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. The Institute is also fundraising to integrate collections from the Armenian and Cambodian genocides into the Visual History Archive in 2015.
For more information about the USC Shoah Foundation, please go to sfi.usc.edu.