Critical Conversations | Combating Antisemitism

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Critical Conversations | Combating Antisemitism

Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse.

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership 610 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

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About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The series brings together high-profile experts and activists to debate the most critical issues of the day.

Critical Conversations is generously funded by the late Eric Joss.

This year our presenters will focus on antisemitism—its current manifestations and what can be done to combat it, both within and beyond Jewish communities.

Join us in person or online. Reservations required for all ticket types.

In person tickets—$18

Online tickets free thanks to donors like you. (Closed captioning provided for online viewers.)

VIP tickets—$180 includes VIP seating and pre-program dinner with the speakers.

Ticket revenue supports Spertus educational initiatives.

Ticket sales open December 20, 2022.


2023 Presenters

Dr. Lila Corwin Berman (top right) is a professor of history at Temple University, where she directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. She is a co-founder of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative. Her current research examines the history of Jewish citizenship in the United States.

Dr. Dov Waxman (top left) is an internationally recognized expert on contemporary antisemitism and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He is political science professor at UCLA and writes for publications including the Washington Post, Guardian, and Atlantic Monthly.

Dr. Miriam F. Elman (bottom left) is Executive Director of the Academic Engagement Network, a DC-based organization that counters antisemitism and anti- Israel activities on college campuses. In 2018, she was named one of “the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” by the Algemeiner.

Nancy K. Kaufman (bottom right) served for many years as CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women and as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston. She is an advisor for SRE Network, a group of 150+ Jewish organizations committed to safety, respect, and equity.