Date: January 28, 2024

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY

Time: 10am-5pm

Contact: Ilana Rosenbluth

At a time of surging Jew hatred worldwide, the “Addressing Antisemitism: Contemporary Challenges” symposium is an urgent call to action.  Timed to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day and co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (ISCA) at Indiana University, the symposium is a critical intervention at a pivotal moment in history.  More than twenty renowned scholars, community leaders, politicians, and activists will examine the explosion of antisemitism here in the United States and around the world and find ways to combat this growing problem. The event is open to the media.

Special Addresses:

11:30 a.m. ET: New York State Senator Liz Krueger

1:30 p.m. ET: New York City Council Member Erik Bottcher

4:15 p.m. ET: New York City Council Member Julie Menin


Speakers and Schedule:

Session One: | a.m. ET What is anti-Semitism? Definitions and Debates

Derek Penslar (Harvard University); Kenneth Marcus (Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law); Miriam Elman (Academic Engagement Network); Moderated by Gavriel Rosenfeld (CJH/Fairfield University)


Session Two | 11:30AM ET Antisemitism in the United States: Between Politics and Religion

Pamela Nadell (American University); Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University); Magda Teter (Fordham University); Moderated by Jeff Veidlinger (University of Michigan)


Session Three | 1:30PM ET Antisemitism in Europe: Between Authoritarian Populism and Radical Islamism

Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa); Wendy Lower (Claremont-McKenna College); Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK); Moderated by Jonathan Brent (Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research)


Session Four: | 3:00PM ET Antisemitism, Technology, and Culture: Modes of Dissemination

Gunther Jikeli (Indiana University); Mike Rothschild (Independent Journalist); Sabine von Mering (Brandeis University); Moderated by Jennifer Evans (Carleton University)


Session Five: | 4:15PM Responding to Antisemitism: From Scholarship to Activism

Holly Huffnagle (American Jewish Committee); Tammi Rossman-Benjamin (AMCHA Initiative); Sacha Roytman (CEO, Combat Antisemitism Movement); Yehudit Barsky (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy); Moderated by Alvin Rosenfeld (Indiana University)

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