“Denial” is based on one of the most high-profile libel cases in recent years: when David Irving sued historian Deborah Lipstadt in 2000 for writing that he was “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” The ensuing trial, dramatised in this recent movie starring Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall, grappled with issues of truth and how to deal objectively with historical evidence. At a time when “fake news” and “alternative facts” are on the rise, and when public debate seems ever more polarized, “Denial” challenges us to think about our understanding of the past and its legacy.
Join us for this free movie screening and subsequent panel discussion, which will feature Professors Megan Abbas (History) and Justin Behrend (History), and Laura Matthews (Hillel Program Coordinator).
Presented by the History Club and by the Geneseo History Department.
April 18 at 7pm in South Hall 338