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Talk: "Antisemitism: Here and Now," Dr. Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Over the last decade, there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents from both the left and the right.  Where is all this hatred coming from?  Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism?  What role does anti-Zionism play?  Is there a difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism?

About the Speaker:
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt has published and taught about the Holocaust for close to 40 years.  The author of six books and numerous articles, she is probably most widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her (1996) by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier.  Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier. 

Her TED talk about the trial has received close to 1.2 million views and the movie “Denial” was based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (Harper Collins 2006).  Other books by Dr. Lipstadt include Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016), The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook 2011), Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press, 1986).

At Emory, Dr. Lipstadt directs the website known as HDOT [Holocaust Denial on Trial/ ].  She has been a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust, held Presidential appointments to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama), and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  She was part of a committee that advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious freedom abroad.

In the last few years, Dr. Lipstadt has been preoccupied with antisemitism.  In her talk, she will draw on material from her new book Antisemitism: Here and Now(Schocken, 2019).

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies


Location: Prothro Auditorium
Harry Ransom Center
UT Austin
Fees: Free
Calendar: Jewish Austin Community Event Calendar
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