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April 12, 2006

Holocaust and Jewish studies expert to present the Miles Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Culture Lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will deliver the Dr. N.E. Miles Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Culture Lecture April 25 in Munger Hall Auditorium at Birmingham-Southern College at 7 p.m.

Lipstadt, who also serves as director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory, will speak about her 2005 book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving.”  It is based on the story of her libel trial in London against Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist.

April 25 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  A Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Service by Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss, director of Adult Jewish Educational Outreach for Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, will immediately precede the lecture.

Lipstadt has been an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

The lecture, a continuation of the college's Sesquicentennial celebration, is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 205/226-4921.

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