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The Art of Inventing Hope

The Art of Inventing Hope

Jewish Book Month Author Event

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 2:00 pm

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni

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Enjoy a conversation with award-winning journalist 
Howard Reich on his new book, The Art of Inventing Hope: 
Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel

The Art of Inventing Hope provides readers a chance to listen in on unprecedented conversations between Elie Wiesel (Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, acclaimed writer and educator), and award-winning Chicago Tribune reporter Howard Reich, himself the son of survivors.

During the last four years of Wiesel’s life, he and Reich met frequently and spoke often—discussing the subject that linked them: Reich’s father, Robert Reich, and Wiesel were both liberated from the Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945.

What started as a Chicago Tribune assignment evolved to a true friendship. Wiesel said, “I’ve never done anything like this before,” and after reading the book’s final draft, he asked Reich not to change a word.

Howard Reich will be interviewed on stage by Alison Pure-Slovin.

The Art of Inventing Hope will be for sale. A book signing will follow the program.

Howard ReichHoward Reich has written for the Chicago Tribune since 1978. He is an Emmy Award recipient and was named Chicago Journalist of the Year by the Chicago  Journalists Association. He is the author of six books and the writer-producer of three documentary films. 


Alison Pure-SlovinAlison Pure-Slovin is the Midwest Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization that confronts antisemitism and hate and teaches about the Holocaust.

This is the 2019 Norman Asher Memorial Program.


Thank you to Paul Michael Lisnek of WGN for this wonderful interview with Howard Reich in advance of Reich's Spertus Institute appearance. Listen to the podcast >