The George and Alicia Karpati Lectureship was established in 2005, by Michael and Noémi Neidorff, in honor of her parents, to bring to campus outstanding authors and scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Eastern European history, and Holocaust Studies. Prior speakers have included Elie Wiesel and Daniel Mendelsohn. Proceeds benefit the library’s book endowment fund.
2016—Robert O. Fisch
On Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Library, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Center for Religion, Culture, and Conflict will host the 2016 Karpati Lecturer, Dr. Robert O. Fisch, in the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Dr. Fisch is a pediatrician, artist, author, and survivor of the Holocaust. His remarkable life and work, in both the arts and the sciences, have helped millions of people around the world understand the power of love, hope, and freedom. Tickets are available through the Shakespeare Theatre Box office.
Nobel laureate and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel delivered the s econd George Karpati Lecture as part of the Drew Forum Series, on April 6, 2009. Noémi Neidorff introduced the renowned scholar and Holocaust surviv or with personal family reflections. For more about the event, see Visions newsletter for Fall 2009.
2007—Inaugural Lecture, Daniel Mendelsohn
The first George Karpati Lecture was held January 27, 2007, bringing to campus acclaimed author, journalist, and historian, Dr. Daniel Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn is the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. Among his books is the international best seller, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (Harper Collins, 2006). A recording of Mendelsohn’s lecture, “Between Memory and History: Writing the Holocaust for the Next Generation,” is on reserve in the Library. Inquire at the Reserve Desk.