ATLANTA, GA (Apr. 1) - Emory University historians Deborah Lipstadt and Earl Lewis will speak about the power of history to change our future at a forum titled "Facing History: The Past as a Guide for the Future," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta. The event is part of the Atlanta History Center's "Hear and Now: Hot Talk About Hot Topics" series.
Reservations are required, and admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Call 404-814-4150. A book signing will follow the discussion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lipstadt, author of the recently released book, "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving," is director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory. Lewis, the author of the award winning "To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans," is Emory's provost and Candler Professor of African-American studies. Thomas D. Hills, chief financial officer of the State of Georgia, will be moderator for the event.
Lipstadt's "History on Trial" is an account of her decisive victory in a 2000 libel trial in London against a Holocaust denier. The trial was described by London's Daily Telegraph as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." Lipstadt first gained wide recognition for her book, "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory" (1993), the first full-length study of Holocaust deniers, and the book that led to the libel trial.
Lewis, who holds degrees in psychology and history, is the author or co-author of seven books, among them, "In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk, Virginia" (1993), "Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White" (2001) and "Defending Diversity: Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan" (2004).