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A Conversation Series on Deborah Lipstadt's "Antisemitism: Here and Now"

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Beth El Synagogue

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and Community Learning @ The WELL present:
A Conversation Series on Deborah Lipstadt's Antisemitism: Here and Now

How do you feel antisemitism has impacted your life? Do you have the tools to unpack the multitude of ways this ancient hatred manifests itself today?

This three-part series will break down Professor Deborah Lipstadt's latest book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, and offer an opportunity to learn from each other's experiences with antisemitism -- and what we can do about it.

The JCRC is proud to bring Professor Lipstadt to its Annual Event on June 2, 2019. Reserve your ticket to see Professor Lipstadt and support the JCRC. You can buy Antisemitism: Here and Now on Amazon or at your local bookseller.


Session 1: POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER -- CONTENT WILL BE JOINED WITH SESSION 2


Session 2: Tuesday, April 30 // [NEW TIME] 6:00 - 9:00 PM (dinner will be served)

Chapters 1-3 (Antisemitism: A Conversation; A Taxonomy of the Antisemite; and Contextualizing Antisemitism)

Why has antisemitism persisted, and even thrived, through present times? How should we define antisemitism? Why are we spelling it this way (antisemitism)? Is it helpful to classify different types of antisemites? How do we put antisemitism into a context that's helpful for us in overcoming it?

Facilitated by Sally Abrams, JCRC Speakers Bureau Co-Director

Chapters 4 & 5 ("Yes, But" Rationalizing Evil; Holocaust Denial: From Hard-Core to Soft-Core)

Looking at specific examples from recent history, particularly in Europe and the Islamic world, what do certain responses to antisemitism and other bigotries reveal about these phenomena? Why is fighting Holocaust denial worth our time and energy? What is "genocide inversion" and how does it manifest itself around issues related to today's Jews in Israel and the Diaspora? How should we respond to attempts to "de-Judaize" the Holocaust?

Facilitated by George Dalbo, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Session 3: Wednesday, May 22 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Chapters 6 & 7 (The Campus and Beyond; Oy Versus Joy: Rejecting Victimhood)

What is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement? What are its aims and what tactics does it use on college campuses and elsewhere? What are the ramifications of those tactics for North American college students? How should progressives navigate the tension between their Jewish and political identities? How can we avoid the myopia of only seeing antisemitism on the "other" side of the political spectrum?

Also, how can we act strategically in our responses to antisemitism to not allow it to define the Jewish experience? How do we choose "joy" rather than "oy" to be the prism through which we view our past and present?

Facilitated by Sami Rahamim and Emma Dunn. Sami is Public Affairs and Communications Associate at the JCRC and Emma (MPP, '19) is a student leader and progressive activist at the University of Minnesota.


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