The George Karpati Lectureship brings to campus outstanding authors and scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Eastern European history, and Holocaust Studies. Funded through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Neidorff and Mrs. Alicia Kornitzer Karpati, the lectureship honors the late George Karpati, Mrs. Karpati’s husband and father of Mrs. Noémi Neidorff.
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.