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Jewish Scholar, Diplomat to Visit Ohio Wesleyan University
Deborah E. Lipstadt to Lecture, Receive Honorary Degree

March 24, 2008

Deborah E. Lipstadt
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University has announced it will host Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, as an honorary degree recipient and lecturer at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. She will discuss her latest book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” which has won the National Jewish Book Award.

A longtime staple in the international Jewish community, Lipstadt has represented the United States in various diplomatic capacities, including at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at President George W. Bush’s request. More recently, she has received international media attention for her six-year legal battle in London, England, with David Irving, who sued her for libel for calling him a “Holocaust denier” and a “right-wing extremist.” The court ultimately ruled in Lipstadt’s favor, and in 2005 she published a book about the experience.

“Deborah Lipstadt exemplifies through her scholarship and her commitment to human rights values that are at the heart of a liberal arts education,” said Marty Kalb, professor emeritus of fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan, who was instrumental in attracting Lipstadt to campus. “Ohio Wesleyan is honored to be able to add her name to the list of distinguished honorary degree recipients that has included Simon Wiesenthal, Franklin Littell, and Lawrence Langer.”

Prior to joining Emory University, Lipstadt taught at the University of Washington; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Occidental College. She is the author of “Denying the Holocaust” (1993), the first full-length study about those who deny the tragic events, and “Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust,” which examines the persecution of the European Jewish population and how it was covered by the American press. Lipstadt earned her bachelor of arts degree from City College of New York, and her master of arts degree and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

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