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Release date: Oct. 17, 2000
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or

Emory's Lipstadt, Attorney Rampton Highlight Nov. 1-2 Conference On Libel Law, Jewish Identity

Richard Rampton, the British barrister who successfully defended Emory University's Deborah Lipstadt during her libel trial in England on her book, "Denying the Holocaust," will be the keynote speaker for a two-day public conference titled, "Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Holocaust Denial, Historical Truth and Jewish Identity," Nov. 1-2 at Emory University School of Law.

Rampton's keynote speech on "Defending the Truth of the Holocaust: Irving v. Lipstadt" will open the conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the law school's Tull Auditorium.

Thursday's events begin at 9 a.m. with a panel discussion at the law school on "Free Speech and the Holocaust Experience." Panelists include: Rampton, who will address "Libel Law in England"; David Bederman, associate professor of law at Emory, on "Hate Speech and International Law"; and Anita Bernstein, Sam Nunn Professor of Law at Emory, on "What Can American Defamation Law Vindicate?"

A panel at 2 p.m. Thursday on "Jewish Identity, the Holocaust and Holocaust Denial" will be held in the Michael C. Carlos Museum reception hall on campus. Panelists include: Joel Levy of the Lauder Foundation, on "German Perspectives Today on the Holocaust"; and Shalom Goldman, assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies at Emory, on "Poetry, Politics and the Shadow of the Holocaust in Israeli Culture."

Lipstadt will give the closing address of the conference, the 2000 Tenenbaum Lecture in Judaic Studies, at 4 p.m., also at the Carlos Museum reception hall. Her topic will be "The Holocaust and American Jewish Identity: Surviving the Survivors."

All conference sessions are free and open to the public with no reservations needed. For daytime events, use the Visitor Parking Deck behind the Emory Clinic at 1365 Clifton Rd. For evening events, use either the Fishburne or Lowergate South decks and follow the signs. For information call 404-727-0699, or 404-727-6504. To see a map of campus on-line, go to

The conference is co-sponsored by Emory, the Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series and the Hightower Fund, along with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Weinberg Holocaust Education Center of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.

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