Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tech Professor Going To Israel

A Tennessee Tech University history professor is in a class all his own. Michael Birdwell is the only historian from the United States who will be giving a presentation next month in Israel at a prestigious international workshop for Holocaust scholars. He is among only nineteen scholars worldwide who will be speaking at the event, presented July 13-20 by Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The topic of Birdwell’s presentation will be "Count Me Out: The American Film Industry and the Holocaust." It is based on his book, Celluloid Soldiers, which was published in 2000 by New York University Press and offers a historical look at the efforts of the Warner Brothers motion picture studio to make America aware of Nazi activity prior to World War Two.