November 1, 2005
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Tony Judt, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies, Modern Europe and Professor of History at NYU, will give a talk titled “Too Much Memory? World War II and the Holocaust in Europe Today” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by The Corliss Lamont Fund, the President's Office and The Political Science Department, this talk is free and open to the public.
Having written on European history, political ideologies, Jewish history and the division of Europe, Judt has just published Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, a monumental work which, according to a Times of London reviewer, is able to “ break with the orthodox, almost triumphalist narrative of European history since the war, and to show just how complicated, confused and contingent that story really was.” Yet praising Judt's “clear-eyed judgment and mastery of detail,” The Times notes that, “almost to Judt's own surprise, this magnificently rich and readable book ends on an optimistic note.”
The author of Past Imperfect: French Intellectuals, 1944-1956 (1992), A Grand Illusion?: An Essay On Europe (1996) and The Burden Of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and The French Twentieth Century (1998), among other books, Judt is also a frequent contributor of essays and lengthy review articles to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Daedalus and Foreign Affairs.