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Monday, May 23, 2011

Faculty Within Your Reach: Long Island

Nearly 50 Long Island-area alumni, parents, and friends came out to hear Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Deborah Lipstadt, speak at the EAA’s Faculty Within Your Reach event hosted by Lee and Sam Borofsky (parents of Gregory Borofsky 13B) on Thursday, May 5.

Lipstadt’s captivating remarks spotlighted her two latest books, The Eichmann Trial and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Also attending was Lee Borofsky’s mother, Rachel Gleitman, who is a Holocaust survivor. The audience was fascinated as Lipstadt told the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. You can listen to the podcast of Lipstadt’s remarks on iTunesU here.

At Emory, Lipstadt created the Institute for Jewish Studies and was its first director from 1998-2008. She directs the Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDOT) website; the site not only catalogs legal and evidentiary materials from David Irving v. Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt, but also contains answers to frequent claims made by deniers.

Prior to the event in Long Island, Emory’s Media Relations office sent a news release on The Eichmann Trial through PR Newswire and Lipstadt’s photo was headlined on the Reuters board at Times Square, thus proving that no matter where alumni may be, Emory and its faculty are truly within reach.

--Michael Parker, program coordinator, alumni programs, EAA

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