Two Upcoming Lectures


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  1. The History Department cordially invites you to 2016 Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture, which is free and open to the public. It will be delivered by Professor Carlo Ginzburg on Monday, April 18, at 4:10 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni Center (Alpha Gamma Rho Hall; reception to follow.) The lecture, "Unintentional Revelations: Reading History Against the Grain,” will clarify the relationship between fictional and non-fictional evidence, as well as between fictional and historical narratives: an issue that has been in the last decades at the very center of the debates for, and against, post-modernism.

    Carlo Ginzburg is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A noted intellectual and cultural historian, he was instrumental in establishing the field of Microhistory, and his elegantly-written books and essays continue to inspire interdisciplinary scholars worldwide. Among his many books are The Cheese and the Worms (1976); Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath (1989); Clues, Myths and the Historical Method (1989); Threads and Traces: True, False, Fictive (2012).

2. On Thursday, April 28, the History Department and Jewish Studies are sponsoring the Fourth Emanuel Ringelblum Lecture by Ivan Jablonka at 4:10 pm in the Sociology Board Room (SSH 1291). The lecture is entitled “Family Stories Are History: Two Jews in the Time of Stalin and Hitler.” The lecture is based on his new book that recounts the author’s search to reconstruct his grandparents’ lives as Communists in Poland, refugees in Paris and deportees to Auschwitz. It is both a passionate testament to their lives and an exploration into the historian’s craft.

Ivan Jablonka is Professor of Contemporary History at the Universite de Paris 13 and the College de France. He is the author of numerous books with a focus on the history of childhood. His book, on which the lecture is based, The History of Grandparents I Never Had, will be published at the end of this month by Stanford University Press.