Antisemitism and Racism in a Moment of Reckoning

Roundtable 1: Historical, Legal, and Theoretical Perspectives
Antisemitism and Racism in a Moment of Reckoning sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies
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How do racism and antisemitism overlap and where do they diverge and why? The public debate in the US and Europe alongside the widespread initiatives that underpin the current moment of reckoning with the legacies and ramifications of racism have insufficiently captured the complex relation of Jews to White majority society and the pervasive nature of antisemitism.

How have different scholars, activists, and educators engaged with this issue? What are constructive ways we can better deal with antisemitism in anti-racist scholarship and practice? How have antisemitism and the Jewish experience been included or excluded in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on US campuses?


  • Tony Michels (History, UW Madison)
  • Joshua Shanes (Jewish Studies, College of Charleston)
  • Keith Kahn-Harris (Sociologist, Leo Baeck College, London)
  • Claudia Bruns (History and Cultural Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin)


  • Jonathan Judaken (Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College)

A two-day symposium on November 8 and 9. Presented with the Center for Jewish Studies. Co-sponsored by the History Department & the Religious Studies Program.

Part of the Seeking Racial Justice IGS Collaborative Series.

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