NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host the CAHSS Intellectual Conversations beginning September 24, 2015. In the fall, the series topic will be “Truth and Power.” The opening lecture will feature Stephen Levitt, LL.M., faculty in the Department of History and Political Science. Levitt will discuss “Average German Citizens speak Truth to Power.”
In the Nazi terror state, the law made the utterance of a true statement about the Holocaust, atrocities, corrupt leaders or the course of the war a criminal act punishable by imprisonment or death. In such a climate of fanaticism, denunciation, terror courts, and concentration camps, what made average citizens, despite the risks, speak truth to power? This presentation will consider the stories of average Germans whose conscience compelled them to speak out against the regime, even when speaking or writing a few truthful sentences could cost the ultimate price.
The lecture will be held noon – 1 p.m. Thursday, September 24 in the Cotilla Gallery on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library. The event is free and open to the public.