UT Anti-Semitism Talk Features Historian Deborah Lipstadt

UT Anti-Semitism Talk Features Historian Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University historian Deborah Lipstadt will discuss the current state of anti-Semitism at an event at the Harry Ransom Center Feb. 17. Courtesy: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies.

Deborah E. Lipstadt will give a talk based on her upcoming book, “Anti-Semitism: Here and Now,” at the Harry Ransom Center’s Prothro Auditorium Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Gale Family Foundation Annual Lectureship in Jewish Studies.

Over the last decade there has been a noticeable uptick in anti-Semitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on college campuses in the United States. The reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing anti-Semitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? What can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred?

In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Lipstadt will discuss her responses to these troubling questions.

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 1996 libel lawsuit brought against her by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier.

Lipstadt’s 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.”

At Emory, Lipstadt directs the Holocaust Denial on Trial website at www.hdot.org. She has been a historical consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, helped design the section of the museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust, held presidential appointments from Presidents Clinton and Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary 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, Lipstadt has been preoccupied with anti-Semitism. ■

Event seating is limited, so registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-antisemitism-here-and-now-dr-deborah-lipstadt-emory-university-tickets-54409611613.

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