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In the present circumstances, any plans for future scholarly gatherings in the normal conference format are necessarily on hold. Because we regard it as vital for scholars of antisemitism to maintain contact with one another, Indiana University’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism is pleased to announce “Come and Learn,” a series of Zoom-based webinar programs. Our goal is to encourage the ongoing pursuit of high-level research on antisemitism by fostering productive and collegial discussion of the most pertinent issues before us.
Our webinar series on contemporary antisemitism got off to a fine start in June with Dave Rich’s compelling presentation on British antisemitism, followed by Katharina von Schnurbein's update on the European Union's response to antisemitism (watch video), Rafal Pankowski's talk on the situation in Poland (watch video), and Dina Porat's talk on the challenges of defining and monitoring antisemitism. Our next webinar will be with Tammi Rossman-Benjamin.
August 17, 2020, 12 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Denying Jewish Self-Definition: The Latest Trend in Campus Antisemitism in America and What Can Be Done About It?
Challenges to the IHRA definition’s identification of anti-Zionism with antisemitism have risen dramatically on campuses across the country. Heated debates are taking place over the question of whether anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism and should be treated as such. Also debated are the related questions of whether Zionism is an implicit part of Jewish identity and who gets to define antisemitism and represent Jewishness. This presentation will explore how the controversy surrounding the IHRA definition has changed the face of campus antisemitism in recent years and suggest a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem.
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is co-founder and director of AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that investigates, documents, and combats antisemitism at institutions of higher education in America. She has written numerous articles about academic anti-Zionism and antisemitism and has lectured widely on these developments and the growing threat they pose to the safety of Jewish students on university campuses. She was a faculty member in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz from 1996-2016.
August 31, 2020, 10 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Cary Nelson: The Return of Christian Supersessionism
Beginning most prominently with the Catholic Church’s ground-breaking document Nostra Aetate in 1965, and followed by several mainline Protestant denominations, there was for decades a steady effort to reject (or at least qualify) the fundamental Christian belief in supersessionism, the theological position that Christianity supercededor replaced Judaism and its divine covenant. Over the last generation, however, supersessionism has returned in company with the BDS movement. We will review both the theological and political consequences of an ancient prejudice that has been revived to give religious warrant to anti-Zionism. And we will describe the principles that can be invoked to counter its effects.
Cary Nelson, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author or editor of over 30 books, including The Case against Academic Boycotts of Israel and Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, & the Faculty Campaign against the Jewish State. Peace and Faith: Christian Churches and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict is forthcoming.
We look forward to your joining us for fruitful discussions.
Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Professor of English and Jewish Studies
Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies
Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
Borns Jewish Studies Program
Dr. Gunther Jikeli
Erna B. Rosenfeld Associate Professor
Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
Borns Jewish Studies Program