Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair Distinguished Lecture Series


Louis Begley

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Lecture presented 22 April 2010 in the Rosenwald Gallery, 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Co-sponsored by the Penn Libraries and the American Jewish Committee (Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey office), in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise of Philadelphia.


Novelist and lawyer Louis Begley, author of Wartime Lies, About Schmidt, and Matters of Honor, presents his 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.

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Date Posted: 04 January 2011