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Genocide: The Idea and Its Inventor

March 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of History of Drexel University presentGenocide:  The Idea and Its Inventor,a lecture and book-signing by Berel  Lang, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University at Albany, State University of New York.  The event will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, in 302 Hagerty Library, Drexel University, 33rd and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Berel Lang joins us to talk about his new book, Genocide: The Act As Idea (University of Pennsylvania Press).  He will discuss the concept of genocide: its significance, distinctiveness, and the problems it raises. This analysis will be paired with an account of Raphael Lemkin, the concept’s ‘inventor’ and the person largely responsible for its acceptance and use.


Dr. Lang is also the author of:  Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide; Writing and the Moral Self; Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics; Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence; and Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life.


Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Books will be sold by the Penn Book Center.  Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies.  Info: [email protected], 215-895-6388.



March 7, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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302 Hagerty Library, Drexel University
33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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