April 3, 2006
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Linda Hooper, the woman who inspired the Paper Clips Project, will speak in the Third Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The film Paper Clips will be shown on at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Merrill Science Lecture Hall 3. The film and lecture are both free and open to the public.
In 1998 Hooper, the principal of Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee, created the Paper Clips Project to help students struggling to grasp the concept of six million Holocaust victims. The students collected six million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Their story became an award-winning film Paper Clips.
The program will include a question and answer session and will be followed by a reception.
The event is sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Program Committee; Amherst College Hillel; Amherst Association of Students; Campus Center/Student Activities; the Interdepartmental Student Fund; the Office of the President; the departments of English, European studies, German, women’s and gender studies and political science; Joe and Marilyn Kushick; Amherst College Democrats; Amherst College Republicans; Amherst Christian Fellowship; Noor and the Newman Club.