Holocaust Scholar to Present Free Public Lectures

Historian Served as Expert Witness in Holocaust Denial Trials

RICHARDSON, Texas (Nov. 1, 2006) — Drawing on his research and experience as an expert witness in Holocaust denial trials, Dr. Christopher Browning will present two talks during the annual Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series Nov. 12-13 at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The lecture series seeks to fulfill the mission of the university’s Holocaust Studies Program by teaching the historical and moral significance of the Third Reich’s impact on European society.

Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject, including “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,” “Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony” and “Nazi Policy, Jewish Works, German Killers.”

He is also a fellow at the National Humanities Center and has given expert testimony in several international court cases, including David Irving vs. Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt in the United Kingdom.  Lipstadt, who was a featured speaker in the UT Dallas lecture series last year, successfully defended the slander lawsuit, which was filed after she referred to the plaintiff as a “Holocaust denier” in a book.

Browning’s first talk, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the UT Dallas Conference Center auditorium, is titled “Holocaust Denial in the Courtroom: The Historian as Expert Witness.” The session will be followed by an author’s reception.

The second talk, at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, also in Conference Center Room CN 1.206, will be “Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution.”

The lectures are free and open to the public; however, reservations are requested.  Call 972-883-2100 or e-mail holocauststudies@utdallas.edu.

About the Burton C. Einspruch Lecture Series

The endowment of the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series sponsors annual lectures as part of the Holocaust Studies Program in the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas.  It brings world-famous scholars in the field of Holocaust research to the UT Dallas campus where they share and discuss their latest findings with general audiences as well as with students and faculty.  The series’ purpose is to help others understand the crisis the Holocaust created in the world and to study its relevance and meaning for humanity in the 21st century.

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.