The History of Antisemitism and Recent Examples in an American Context
A presentation and Q&A with Avinoam J. Patt, PhD.
When international conflicts affect us personally, culturally and ideologically, Adelphi’s primary mission of education and values of inclusivity, diversity and respect call upon us to foster understanding and provide greater context for what is happening in our world. Since recent world events have spurred tension, divisiveness and harmful rhetoric at other college campuses, Adelphi is seeking to provide a platform for learning and for nurturing our environment of inclusivity and belonging.
Through two distinct discussions with experts in their respective fields, we will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges that Muslim and Jewish community members face. Common sensitivities and misunderstandings will be discussed with the goal of increasing awareness, understanding and care.
A student leader conversation will be held at 6:00pm in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rooms 113-114.
About the Speaker
Avinoam J. Patt, PhD
Avinoam J. Patt, PhD, is the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut. In January 2024, he will become the Maurice Greenberg Chair of Holocaust Studies at New York University. He has authored multiple books, including Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust; The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw: The Afterlife of the Revolt and his newest book, Israel and the Holocaust, which will be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2024. He is co-editor of a collected volume on Jewish displaced persons titled We are Here: New Approaches to the Study of Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany; Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust; and Understanding and Teaching the Holocaust (2020). He is a contributor to several projects at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum including Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1938-1940 and, in Spring 2022, he created and facilitated a one-credit, pop-up course at the University of Connecticut titled Why the Jews: Confronting Antisemitism, which reached over 1,600 students in the first semester it was offered.
This event is one half of a two-part series that includes The Muslim Student Experience on the College Campus with Faiyaz Jaffer, PhD, a research scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and associate chaplain for the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, professor of Islamic Law and Islamic Spirituality at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and visiting professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary.