Our History, Our Future - New Israel Fund Australia

Our History, Our Future with Sir Simon Schama, Deborah Lipstadt and David Myers

Tue 20 Apr 2021 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm


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In a time of fake news, rising populism and renewed antisemitism, join two of the world’s leading historians, Sir Simon Schama and Professor Deborah Lipstadt, in conversation with NIF’s global president and UCLA Jewish History Professor David Myers, to discuss how our understanding of history shapes our current reality.

Navigating how this plays out in a fractured Israel and a divided America, amidst challenges to democracy and an increase in nationalism and racism around the world, the insights of these two preeminent Jewish scholars of our time will be crucial in working out how to heal these wounds and create more just and tolerant societies.


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Historian, author and presenter

Sir Simon Schama, CBE FBA FRSL is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and a contributing editor of the Financial Times. He is an award-winning author of nineteen books and the writer-presenter of over fifty documentaries on art, history and literature. Amongst his work is The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492), which he later presented as a series for the BBC. His latest television series, The Romantics and Us, is currently airing on the BBC.


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Holocaust scholar, antisemitism expert and author

Deborah Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is probably best known for having been sued for libel by David Irving, one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers. The trial was depicted in the 2016 film Denial, which was based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. She is the author of several other Holocaust books. Her most recent book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, provides a captivating analysis of current political trends that bolster prejudice and hostility towards Jews in today’s world.



NIF global President, historian and professor

Professor David N. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA as well as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. The author of multiple books he has written widely in the fields of Jewish intellectual and cultural history. He writes frequently on matters of contemporary Jewish concern. Since 2002, Myers has served as co-editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, as well as a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

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