Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Bilson Lecture is held every second year to honour the late Prof. Geoffrey Bilson, who taught in the Department of History from 1964-87. He specialized in America’s colonial past, along with topics in Canadian and medical history, and he published historical fiction for children. The 2007 Bilson Lecture will be delivered by Professor Benjamin Hett of the History Department of Hunter College, City University of New York, on Friday, March 30th at 8pm in the Picasso Room of the Radisson Hotel (click here for directions). Professor Hett will speak on "The Man who Pushed Hitler to the Wall: Remembering Hans Litten, 1903-1938." Litt (seen at right) was a young lawyer who defended anti-Nazis (he once cross-examined Hitler himself ) at nearly all the important political trials in Germany between 1929 and his arrest amidst the Reichstag Fire round-up of 1933. He died five years later in Dachau concentration camp. In recent years lawyers of the re-united city of Berlin named their Bar Association after him. Professor Hett's lecture is open to the general public and free to everyone. Reception to follow.