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Is today's antisemitism something new?

Is today's antisemitism something new?


Today’s resurgence of antisemitism is regularly in the news.

Is this wave the same as previous peaks in antisemitism, or is it a different problem with its own distinctive characteristics?

To address this question, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, presents ViewPoints: Antisemitism, an expert-led presentation followed by guided audience discussion, Sunday, October 27, at 2 pm.

The program will feature two leaders in the field, Indiana University Professors Dr. Mark Roseman and Dr. Günther Jikeli. Roseman will discuss themes of continuity and change in antisemitism over the last centuries, while Jikeli will draw on his recent research to analyze characteristics of today’s antisemitism.

This program is presented by Spertus Institute in collaboration with Indiana University under the auspices of their Borns Jewish Studies Center New Institute for the Study of Judaism and the Jews. It is part of a new Spertus Institute series encouraging informed conversations on issues affecting today’s world.

Tickets, priced at $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students), include a post-event reception and are available for purchase online > 

According to Beth Schenker, Spertus Associate Dean for Public and Noncredit Programs, the topic was selected because of its importance and urgency. She said, “After last fall’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, it was clear that discussion of this subject is not just an intellectual exercise. It is critical to understand what is going on, both what we can learn from history and what is unique about today’s social and political environment.”

She continued, “I am pleased that we are able to partner with Indiana University to bring to Chicago these two impressive scholars, both of whom are skilled educators whose work focuses on exactly this subject.”

Dr. Mark RosemanDr. Mark Roseman is Distinguished Professor of History and Pat M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, where he directs the Borns Jewish Studies Program. He has published widely on the Holocaust, most recently Lives Reclaimed. A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany. He holds a PhD from Warwick University, Coventry, and MA and BA from Cambridge University.

Dr. Gunther JikeliDr. Günther Jikeli is the inaugural Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor in the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University and author of European Muslim Antisemitism: Why Young Urban Males Say They Don't Like Jews. His ongoing work on antisemitism in social media has been cited by the US State Department and he consults with media worldwide. His PhD is from Technical University Berlin.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago), offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, exhibitions, speakers, seminars, workshops, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019