Confronting Antisemitism aims to be a reference point for people who are not only learning about antisemitism, but also beginning to understand how to respond to it. We examine the origins of this hatred and the dangers it poses to a free society through original content based on cutting-edge scholarship and research.
October 17, 2021
With the generous support of David Berg Foundation and Leon Levy Foundation, jMUSE and the Center for Jewish History hosted an unprecedented international gathering of cultural leaders, scholars, and experts to present cutting-edge analysis and strategies; identify a landscape of possible initiatives and actions; and help galvanize the community. Speakers’ insights and experiences encouraged cultural institutions to take a new, crucial role in empowering members of the public to confront antisemitism and, ultimately, to achieve new understanding.
How can archives, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions use their unique strengths to combat antisemitism and create lasting change? This critical question was at the core of the Confronting Antisemitism symposium.
Session topics ranged from museum perspectives on modern-day antisemitism, Holocaust denial and revisionism in public institutions, and the sources of antisemitism and the dangers it poses to a free society.
Curated and produced by jMUSE, this symposium was designed to encourage a global conversation about the impact and lasting relevance of antisemitism.
Opening remarks by Dr. Peter Baldwin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Center for Jewish History, and Professor of History, UCLA; Michael S. Glickman, Founder & CEO, jMUSE; and a featured conversation with Sir Simon Schama, noted historian, author, broadcaster, and University Professor of History and Art History, Columbia University.
Conversation with Ronald Leopold, Executive Director, Anne Frank House; Dr. Louise Mirrer, President & CEO, New-York Historical Society; Dr. Dariusz Stola, Professor of History, Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Former Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews; Oren Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Israel; Moderated by Paul Salmons, public historian and independent curator.
Featured conversation with Hon. Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress; Hon. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Moderated by Michael S. Glickman, Founder & CEO, jMUSE.
Conversation with Susan Abrams, CEO, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center; Father Patrick Desbois, President, Yahad-In Unum; Mary Pat Higgins, President & CEO, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum; Tali Nates, Founder and Director, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre; Dr. Toby Simpson, Director, The Wiener Holocaust Library; Moderated by Dr. Stephen D. Smith, Viterbi Endowed Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation.
Featured conversation with Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor Emerita, NYU, and Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews; Dr. Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin Professor of History and Fortunoff Archive Faculty Advisor, Yale University, and Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Conversation with Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich, Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Michigan State University; Dr. David Frey, Professor of History & Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, United States Military Academy at West Point; Dr. Tony Michels, George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Magda Teter, Professor of History and Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies, Fordham University; Moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan.
Featured conversation with Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow, President, Harvard University; Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University; Moderated by Dara Horn, Author.
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