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ISGAP Center NYC

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.

All interested parties must RSVP prior to the seminar.
Email:[email protected]
Phone: (212) 230-1840

ISGAP Center
165 East 56th St.
(on the corner of 56th St. and 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY 10022

Spring 2017 Schedule

Seminars are open to the university community and the interested public

Jan. 27, 2017 “New Conclusive Research: Message of Antisemitism and War on the Jews from PA and UNRWA”

David Bedein, Director, Israel Resource News Agency, Center for Near East Policy Research
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 12:00 PM
(Video Link)

Apr. 6, 2017 “How to blunt Europe’s Antisemitic BDS Campaigns”

Benjamin Weinthal, European Affairs Correspondent, Jerusalem Post, Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

June 6, 2017 “Holocaust Guilt vs. Holocaust Shame: On Processing Remorse for the Shoah”

Dr. Richard Landes, Historian and Author
Location: ISGAP Center, 7th Floor
Time: 6:00 PM
(Video Link)

Fall 2016 Schedule

Seminars are open to the university community and the interested public

Nov. 2, 2016 “Iran, Israel and the Jews: Why the Obsession?”

Professor David Menashri, Tel Aviv University
Location: ISGAP Center, 7th Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

Spring 2016 Schedule

Seminars are open to the university community and the interested public

Jan. 28, 2016 “From Normalization to Delegitimization – Ending the Uniqueness of the Relations Between Germany and Israel”

Eldad Beck, Berlin-based Correspondent of the Israeli daily “Yedioth Ahronoth,” Author of “German, at Odd”
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

Feb. 1, 2016 “Radical Islam and Its Effects on Antisemitism”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Senior Lecturer, Department of Arabic, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Bar-Ilan University
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 7:00 PM

(Video Link)

March 1, 2016 “Dealing with Online Antisemitism”

 Ido DanielDirector of Israeli Students Combating Antisemitism (ISCA)
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

March 8, 2016 “Is There Antisemitism in Contemporary Russia?”

Dr. Vladimir Khanin, Associate Professor, Department of Political and Middle Eastern Studies, Ariel University of Samaria
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 12:00 PM

March 14, 2016 “The War of 1948: New Perspectives”

Dr. Benny Morris, Professor of History, Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University
Location: ISGAP Center, 8th Floor
Time: 12:00 PM

March 31, 2016 “Europe’s Economic War on Israel: The Role of Antisemitism in BDS and Product Labels”

Benjamin Weinthal, European Affairs Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

April 4, 2016 “Islamophobia and Antisemitism: A Dangerous Comparison”

Melanie Phillips, Journalist, Author, Publisher
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

April 5, 2016 “The Special Case of Baltic-Ukrainian Holocaust Inversion”

Dr. Dovid Katz, Author, Editor of DefendingHistory.com 
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

April 12, 2016 “Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private World War II”

Nina Wolff Feld, Author, Artist, Speaker
“The Continued Importance of Holocaust Education Toward The Prevention of Genocide”
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 PM

(Video Link)

2014-2015 Schedule

Seminars are open to the university community and the interested public

Oct. 27  2014“Antisemitic Terrorism and ID Theft: A Two-Pronged Zero-Sum Assault”

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, California
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 12:00 PM

(Video Link)

Dec. 9 2014“Antisemitism and Your News: A Critical Analysis of the 24 Hour News Cycle and the Demonization of Jews”

Izzy Lemberg, Former Senior Producer of CNN’s Jerusalem Bureau
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 P.M.

Feb. 19 2015 “Catch the Jew! The New Dream of Peace Activists”

Tuvia Tenenbom, Author, Columnist & Artistic Director
Introduction: Isi Tenenbom, Journalist
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:00 P.M.

(Video Link)

Feb. 24 2015 “Iran, the United States and the Nuclear Challenge: A view from Israel”

Professor David Menashri
President, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan; Founding Director, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Location: ISGAP Center, 4th Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Feb. 25 2015 “Islamic Anti-Jewish Sentiment: Roots and Causes”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Senior Lecturer
Department of Arabic and Center for the Study of the Middle East
Bar-Ilan University
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:00 P.M.

(Video Link)

Feb. 26 2015 “The Promotion of Nonviolence as Antisemitism: Psychological Warfare Against the Jewish State”

Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf
Fellow and Director, Israel-Arab Studies Program
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Mar. 2 2015 “The Forgotten Jews of Ukraine: Why the World Is Not Rallying to Assist the Displaced”

Samuel Sokol
Jewish World/Diaspora Affairs Correspondent
The Jerusalem Post
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Mar. 4 2015“The Global Muslim Brotherhood: A Hollywood Fiction?”

Steven Merley, Editor
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 P.M.

Mar. 19 2015“Contemporary Liberal Discourse and Jihadism: Why the Disconnect?”

Melanie Phillips
Columnist for The Times of London, Author and Broadcaster
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Mar. 30 2015“Antisemitism’s Fatal Attraction: The Global Progressive Left, the Jihadi Right and Israel as the 21st Century Antichrist”

Richard Landes
Department of History
Boston University
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Mar. 31 2015“Muslim Antisemitism in France and Western Europe”

Dr. Gunther Jikeli
MMZ, GSRL, Senior Research Fellow, ISGAP, Paris
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 P.M.

(Video Link)

Apr. 22 2015“Philoumenos of Jacob’s Well: The Birth of a Contemporary Ritual Murder Myth”

Dr. David Gurevich, Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Founder of Ambassadors Online
Comper Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism, University of Haifa
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Presentation based on a paper prepared in conjunction with Mrs. Yisca Harani
Independent Scholar, Tel-Aviv
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00 P.M.

(Video Link)

Apr. 23 2015“Never Again: Israel, the US and the Iranian Nuclear Program”

Professor Chuck Freilich
Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

Apr. 27 2015“Israel in the World’s Media: The Problems and the Solutions”

Amotz Eyal
Tazpit News Agency
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

Apr. 28 2015“Is Europe Safe for Jews? The Role of IS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah/Iran in Imposing Lethal Antisemitism on Jews in Europe”

Benjamin Weinthal
European Affairs Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post
Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Location: ISGAP Center, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30 P.M.

(Video Link)

 

Fall 2013

Thursday, October 3 at 5:30pm

“Iranian President Rouhani’s PR Offensive: Will Hope Stop the Centrifuges?”

Professor David Menashri
President, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan; Founding Director, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Thursday, November 14 at 5:30pm

“America’s Intelligenstia: How Prejudice Often Trumps Intelligence”

Dr. Michael Widlanski
Schusterman Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine; Lecturer, Bar Ilan University

Spring 2014

Thursday, February 6 at 12:30 PM

“The Enemy Within: Neo-Nazi Takeover”

Professor Gregory Gordon
Associate Professor of Law, University of North Dakota; Director of the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies

Wednesday, February 19 at 4:30 PM

“The West’s Auto-Immune Disease: How the Free World has Confused its Friends and its Enemies”
Melanie Phillips
Journalist, Author, Publisher
(Video Link)

Friday, March 7 at 12:00PM

“The Quakers and Palestinian Refugee Relief”
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME)
&
Dr. Alex Joffe
Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum

Wednesday, March 12 at 12:30PM

“Iran and the Bomb: The Perspective from Germany”
Dr. Matthias Küntzel
Hamburg Technical College; Research Associate, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Thursday, March 20 at 5:30PM

“The 1948 War as a Jihad”
Professor Benny Morris
Professor of Middle East History, Ben Gurion University
(Video Link)

Monday, March 24 at 5:30PM

“The New RDS Movement (Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship): One Academic’s Symbolic Pushback Against the BDS Movement”
Dahn Hiuni
Artist, Playwright, Independent Scholar
(Video Link)

Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30PM

“How Bad is Modern European anti-Semitism? Making Sense of Contemporary European anti-Semitism in post-Holocaust Europe.”
Benjamin Weinthal
Jerusalem Post Correspondent for European affairs; Berlin-based Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
(Video Link)

Thursday, March 27 at 12:30PM

“Critical Theory and Zionism”
Clemens Heni, PhD
Director, The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA)
(Video Link)

Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30PM

“Germany: Has Anything Changed?”
Tuvia and Isi Tenenbom
Founder of Jewish Theatre of New York; Author of “I Sleep in Hitler’s Room”; Columnist for Die Zeit, Germany

Thursday, April 24 at 5:30PM

“Multiculturalism and Marginalization: A Double-Edged Sword”
Jennifer Roskies
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; Doctoral candidate, Bar-Ilan University; Research Consultant, ISGAP
(Video Link)