Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt will headline the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies’ spring lecture series at UNC with a talk on April 10. The series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Lipstadt, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory University, is the author of several books, including History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving; her April lecture will discuss her successful defense against Irving, once thought of as the world’s leading Holocaust denier. In a libel case that was front-page news worldwide, Lipstadt proved that Irving and the claims by deniers of the Holocaust were distortions of history.
The spring lecture series includes six lectures that are free to the public. The series concludes on April 10.
All lectures except the Wednesday lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 116 of Murphey Hall. Wednesday’s lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center auditorium.
In addition to Lipstadt, spring speakers include:
The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, provides scholars and students with an understanding of Judaism and the historic Jewish experience. The center brings together faculty from a range of academic departments including English, Germanic languages, history, religious studies and Slavic languages and literatures.
These lectures are co-sponsored by a variety of other units on campus, including the departments of art, Slavic languages and literatures, music and history; the Center for the Study of the American South; the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; the School of Social Work; the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense; and North Carolina Hillel.
Lipstadt’s lecture is made possible by a special gift from Lyn and Michael Green in memory of Bernard Szabo and by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans ’58.