Renowned Scholars and Leaders to Take ‘Center’ Stage at Major Symposium to Address Antisemitism

New York, NY (January 21, 2024)

At a time of surging Jew hatred worldwide, the "Addressing Antisemitism: Contemporary Challenges" symposium is an urgent call to action.  Timed to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day and co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (ISCA) at Indiana University, the symposium is a critical intervention at a pivotal moment in history.  More than twenty renowned scholars, community leaders, politicians, and activists will examine the explosion of antisemitism here in the United States and around the world and find ways to combat this growing problem. The event is open to media.

Special Addresses:
11:30AM ET: New York State Senator Liz Krueger
1:30PM ET: New York City Council Member Erik Bottcher
4:15PM ET: New York City Council Member Julie Menin

Speakers and Schedule:
Session One | 10:00AM ET What is Antisemitism? Definitions and Debates
Derek Penslar (Harvard University); Kenneth Marcus (Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law); Miriam Elman (Academic Engagement Network); Moderated by Gavriel Rosenfeld (CJH/Fairfield University)

Session Two | 11:30AM ET Antisemitism in the United States: Between Politics and Religion
Pamela Nadell (American University); Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University); Magda Teter (Fordham University); Moderated by Jeff Veidlinger (University of Michigan)

Session Three | 1:30PM ET Antisemitism in Europe: Between Authoritarian Populism and Radical Islamism
Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa); Wendy Lower (Claremont-McKenna College); Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK); Moderated by Jonathan Brent (Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research)

Session Four | 3:00PM ET Antisemitism, Technology, and Culture: Modes of Dissemination
Gunther Jikeli (Indiana University); Mike Rothschild (Independent Journalist); Sabine von Mering (Brandeis University); Moderated by Jennifer Evans (Carleton University)

Session Five | 4:15PM ET Responding to Antisemitism: From Scholarship to Activism
Holly Huffnagle (American Jewish Committee); Tammi Rossman-Benjamin (AMCHA Initiative); Sacha Roytman (CEO, Combat Antisemitism Movement); Yehudit Barsky (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy); Moderated by Alvin Rosenfeld (Indiana University)