April 22

History Forum w/ Prof. Julien Gorbach

“How the Past Speaks to the Present: Ben Hecht’s Message to the World Today”
Prof. Julien Gorbach, UHM School of Communications
12:30 to 2:00 pm
Monday, April 22nd
Sakamaki Hall A201

Prof. Gorbach will discuss the life, work and relevance for today of Ben Hecht, the legendary “Shakespeare of Hollywood.” Hecht was a Chicago crime reporter and a leading Hollywood screenwriter, who played a critical role in history by shattering the American media silence about the Nazi’s Final Solution to “the Jewish Question.” His calls to save “the soul of man” in the 1930s and 1940s continue to ring true in today’s world. Prof. Gorbach is most recently the author of The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist (Purdue University Press, 2019).

Sponsored by UHM Department of History & Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Questions? Contact Prof. Peter H. Hoffenberg at 956-8497 or peterh@hawaii.edu