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April 22, 2010: Louis Begley, Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters
(14-APR-10)

Louis Begley, Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (Yale University Press, 2009)
Lecture and book signing

Followed by comments by Kristen Stromberg Childers, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 22, 2010 [note date change]
5:30PM
Rosenwald Gallery, 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA
(entrance by the button sculpture on Locust Walk)
University of Pennsylvania

Free and open to the public (please bring photo ID)

". . . a clear introduction to the historical, legal, cultural and literary ramifications of the Dreyfus Affair. . .a call to arms to contemporary creative writers."
--The New York Times

Novelist and lawyer Louis Begley, author of Wartime Lies, About Schmidt, and Matters of Honor, will present his newest book, Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (Yale University Press, 2009). Begley investigates the abuses of judicial and military power that led to the persecution of Dreyfus for treason in 1894 and caused bitter divisions in French society for years afterward. His study sheds new light on the Affair and makes clear its continuing significance for contemporary American legal and political debates.

Selections from the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, will be on display before and following the event.

Co-sponsored by the Penn Libraries and the American Jewish Committee (Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey office), in collaboration with the Alliance Française of Philadelphia.

More information: 215-898-7088
The Lorraine Beitler Collection
Yale University Press

For more information:
John Pollack

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