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Fall 2017
Jan 20, 2018
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JCIV 188 - Combat Global Anti-Semitism
This course will examine the origins and background of contemporary anti-Semitism, as a prerequisite to understanding the complex nature of today’s anti-Semitism and the wide-ranging efforts to combat it. We will closely the examine the U.S. Government’s role in combatting anti-Semitism in recent decade as well as the role of actors in civil society that oppose bigotry. The course is specifically focused on exploring how future practitioners in the fight against 21st century anti-Semitism—U.S. State Department professionals, Non-government Organization (NGO) leadership, civic activists and others—can be most effective. Students will study the varying types of anti-Semitism in different parts of the world, how to assess the degree of threat to various national Jewish communities and explore the tools that can be used to protect these communities and to push back against anti-Semitic hate crime and hate speech. We will study the cultural, intellectual and ideological origins of anti-Semitism and the Jewish social and political response to it. The following questions will be addressed, including: what are the roots of contemporary anti-Semitism and what makes it different from its pre-modern and theological roots, also known as anti-Judaism? What are the patterns of anti-Semitism in Eastern and Western Europe? Finally, what are the implications of the global resurgence of anti-Semitism and whether we can equate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in an ideological, political and intellectual narrative?

This course will be team-taught by Mr. Ira Forman, the former U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism at the U.S. Department of State, and Dr. Anna Sommer, Program for Jewish Civilization.  

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Jewish Civilization Department

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