Reconsidering Antisemitism: Past and Present

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The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is taking a leadership role in bringing together international scholars, students, and the general public to explore antisemistism’s dark past and concerning present.

There is an undeniable resurgence of antisemitism in many parts of the world (including North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). Recent events showcasing intolerance are alarming and generate tremendous concern for the future. As a result, there are a growing number of academic researchers who are seeking to understand this phenomenon from a scholarly perspective. Their work investigates the history of antisemitism from Biblical times to today, and covers everything from antiquity and the middle ages, to the Holocaust and current events.

To further our shared understanding, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is organizing a comprehensive, three-day scholarly conference on antisemitism for April 10-12, 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conference will include two evening lectures and a series of five in-depth panel discussions. One panel will feature a roundtable with journalists who cover antisemitism while other panel topics focus on the origins of anti-Judaism; the struggle over the memory of the Holocaust; medieval to modern antisemitism in Europe and the Middle East; and mainstream and extreme conceptions of Jews in Europe and America. The conference will also include a poster session for students to highlight undergraduate research.

Conference participants will include 15 leading scholars from throughout the United States as well as France, Germany and Israel. Stuart Eizenstat, ’64, who has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, will give the opening talk on April 10 and James Carroll, author of eleven novels and eight works of non-fiction, will give the keynote lecture on April 11.

“The goal of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of scholars of antisemitism for in-depth discussions with students, educators, members of the media, and the community at large,” said Ruth von Bernuth, director of the Center. “Students will gain an understanding that goes far beyond what can be attained during classroom instruction. Community members will have the opportunity to stop and really consider what is going on in the world today. And members of the media and other professionals will gain insight into topics that can be difficult to address without any sense of history or scale.” [register-here-button]

The conference is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required for the panel sessions due to limited seating.  All events will be held at the UNC William and Ida Friday Conference Center.

Private support has made this conference possible.

Event Location: 
The UNC William and Ida Friday Conference Center, UNC at Chapel Hill