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The GSU Jewish Studies Program and the Southern Jewish Historical Society present Steve Oney, author And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank in a public lecture. Mr. Oney will mark the 100-year anniversary of Frank’s conviction in his talk, “Leo Frank 100 Years Later – It’s Still Not Over” on Thursday, October 3, 4:30 p.m. in the Speakers Auditorium, with a book sale and signing event to follow.  This event is free and open to the public.

Leo Frank, a Jewish American, was a superintendent in the Atlanta pencil factory where Mary Phagan’s body was found. His wrongful conviction and subsequent lynching in Marietta reverberated around the country. Many people saw Frank’s lynching as emblematic of deep hatred for and distrust of Jews throughout the United States, particularly in the South.  His lynching had a dramatic impact on Jewish life in the South, but it also contributed to the founding of groups dedicated to fighting bigotry and injustice, groups such as the Anti-Defamation League.


The Jewish Studies Program at Georgia State is designed to introduce students to the history, experiences, practices, and intellectual development of Jewish communities around the world, with particular attention to Jewish communities' complex encounters with the modern world. Courses are offered by affiliate faculty with appointments in various departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. As a result, individual students can take courses that speak to their own particular interests and backgrounds. Courses range from the introductory to advanced levels. In addition, through the Middle East Institute, the Jewish Studies Program offers both Biblical and Modern Hebrew (see the Middle East Institute website for specific information).

In addition to course offerings, the Jewish studies program sponsors formal lectures by prominent experts on issues in contemporary Jewish life, informed "Brown Bag" events by GSU faculty, and cultural events.

For questions, please contact Professor Kathryn McClymond, Director, Program in Jewish Studies, 404-413-6119, kmcclymond(at)