Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism

Challenging Humanism: Jews, Theory, and Yale during the Closing Decades of the Twentieth Century

From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, a group of second-generation Jewish literary critics, scholars, and poets at Yale University developed theory from a social standpoint originating outside white, male, Christian-Protestant perspectives and norms. Informed by changes at the university and across American higher education then decentering humanist culture, these pioneering Jews uncovered and reworked the principles of literary scholarship, then helped inaugurate an array of curricular and intellectual changes.

Antisemitism in Argentina: Historical Experience, Public Debate, and Changing Meanings

The Benjamin (Yale 1962) and Barbara Zucker Lecture Series
Antisemitism has a long history in Argentina with notable peaks, particularly during the 20th century. During that period different cultural and political figures crafted and spread antisemitic tropes such as “conspiracy theories,” Holocaust denial, and anti-Zionist narratives in order to turn Jews into outcasts. This presentation will attempt to review some of the most important manifestations of that phenomenon, as well as the various means by which the Jewish community resisted these attacks.

Skin in the Game: Antisemitism, White Nationalism, and the Work for an Inclusive Democracy

Eric K. Ward, a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, is the recipient of the 2021 Civil Courage Prize – the first American in the award’s 21-year history. In his 30+ year civil rights career, Eric has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. Eric’s widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts.

Antisemitism and Free Speech on College Campuses

The Benjamin (Yale 1962) and Barbara Zucker Lecture Series

College campuses celebrate free speech but are also home to diverse residential populations. Difficult discussions about Israel, like other topics, can often devolve into charges and counter-charges about antisemitism. Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, president of American Jewish University and former president of the Newseum, will discuss how to have sharp debates about Israel while maintaining norms of respect and civility.

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