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Fordham University

The Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective Seminar Series

Anti-Judaism, or the controversial term coined in the 1870s by Wilhelm Marr, Antisemitism, is one of the most complex and, at times, perplexing forms of hatred. It spans history, infecting different societies, religious and philosophical movements, and even civilizations. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, some contend that Antisemitism illustrates the limitations of the Enlightenment and modernity itself. Manifestations of Antisemitism emerge in numerous ideological based narratives and the constructed identities of belonging and otherness such as race and ethnicity, nationalisms, and anti-nationalisms.

The ISGAP seminar series aims to explore this subject matter in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework from an array of approaches and perspectives as well as regional contexts. Eminent scholars and researchers are invited to present seminar papers in an informal setting.

Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00PM
McMahon Hall, Rm. 109
Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus

155 West 60th Street
(between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10023

Doron Ben-Atar, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, Fordham University
Charles Asher SmallExecutive Director, ISGAP

Fall 2013

November 14 – Professor Michael Widlanski
Schusterman Visiting Professor, University of California Irvine; Lecturer, Bar Ilan University
“America’s Intelligentsia: How Prejudice Often Trumps Intelligence”
(Video Link)

December 12 – Charles Asher Small, D.Phil
Executive Director, ISGAP
“Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity”
(Video Link)

Spring 2014

February 6 – Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi
Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Washington DC
“Worse than Their Enemies: Anti-Semitism among Jews”
(Video Link)

March 6 – Dr. Aleksandra Gliszczyńska–Grabias
Researcher, Poznan Human Rights Centre, Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; Vice President, “Open Republic” Association against Antisemitism and Xenophobia
“Swastika as a Symbol of Happiness: Polish Judges and Prosecutors on Anti-Semitic and Racist Hate Cases”
(Video Link)

April 3 – Professor Doron Ben-Atar
Professor of History, Fordham University
“Kosherizing the New Antisemitism: Jewish Anti-Zionism”
Video Link


This programming is made possible in part by funding from the Koret Foundation.