Update – Yale on Antisemitism

October 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

 Dear Friends,

We were very pleased to learn of the current plan for the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism.

See below for Mission and Vision Statements, Schedule of Events and People 

Mission Statement

Antisemitism has been called the longest hatred. Although the term Antisemitismus was coined in Germany in the 1870s, its roots stretch back to before the Christian era. It has been found throughout the world—even in societies with few or no Jews—and has led to some of the most horrifying events in human history, including the Nazi genocide. Moreover, antisemitism is far from dormant today. Instances of rhetorical and physical violence against Jews are again on the rise, especially in Europe and some parts of the Middle East, making the need to study its causes and manifestations, and to map its permutations, all the more pressing.

The Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism (YPSA) seeks to bring the resources of Yale and its faculty to bear on this pernicious problem. Housed at the Whitney Humanities Center, the program invites scholars from across the university—including sociology, political science, law, history, literature, art history, philosophy, religious studies, and psychology—to analyze antisemitism in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarly inquiry. YPSA focuses on both past and present forms of antisemitism. It promotes the study of the perception of Jews, both positive and negative, in various societies and historical moments, and also encourages comparisons with other forms of discrimination and racism. The specific topics addressed by YPSA seminars and conferences are guided by the interests of its faculty and student participants.

YPSA regularly sponsors talks and lectures by leading scholars, both from Yale and other institutions, and hosts an annual conference focused on a specific theme. These events are open to the public. It makes research grants available to Yale faculty and students, and sponsors other forms of scholarly collaboration, including a faculty reading group. It also seeks to foster the study of antisemitism across the curriculum and will regularly host visiting faculty. Our goal is to stimulate new research of the highest caliber. 

Vision Statement

Statement by Professor Maurice Samuels, Director,
Yale Program for the Study of Antisemi
tism 

I look forward to taking on the challenge of directing YPSA. One of my primary goals is to engage my colleagues from across the university in ways that produce important research contributions. Yale has some of the leading scholars in the world working on antisemitism and interfaith-relations in different contexts and from different methodological and disciplinary perspectives. Bringing these scholars together will make an important contribution to the study of antisemitism.

Our vision is for YPSA to have five major components: 

· To have scholars both from Yale and from the outside present their research on antisemitism in both the contemporary world and in different historical contexts. We hope these presentations will take place every other week throughout the academic year. 

· To host an annual conference on a focused theme relating to antisemitism. The topic for spring 2012 will likely be past and present antisemitism in France, which is one of my primary areas of research 

· To support faculty and student research on antisemitism by offering a number of research grants 

· To sponsor a faculty reading group in which scholars from across the university will meet to discuss important texts pertaining to anti-Semitism 

· To have a visiting professor teach a class on antisemitism every year (this could begin in 2012-13).

I will begin by reaching out to my colleagues who work on antisemitism in order to learn more about their interests and concerns, and find ways for YPSA to address them. This summer, I will also begin to invite scholars to present their research.

YPSA will discuss both contemporary antisemitism and historical antisemitism. Like many, I am concerned by the recent upsurge in violence against Jews around the world and YPSA will address these concerns. I also believe that we benefit a great deal by placing current events into historical context. YPSA will not refrain from exploring any controversial contemporary topic. 

As a member of the Yale faculty and the director of the new program, I will do my best to ensure that all academic work associated with YPSA reflects Yale’s tradition of the highest scholarly excellence. 

Schedule of Events

September 21, Wednesday
“On the Periphery of the Holocaust:  Killing and Plunder of Jews by their Neighbors.”
Jan Gross
Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society, Professor of History
Princeton University
Co-Sponsored by the Yale Department of History
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC 

October 3, Monday
“On Good and Bad Credit: A Forgotten Chapter in European Debates about Jews and Capitalism”
Francesca Trivellato
Professor of History, Yale University,
Co-sponsored with the Transitions to Modernity Colloquium
Location: 4p.m. Room 38/39, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street

October 11, Tuesday
“Exploring Diversity in France”
Roundtable featuring:
Maurice Samuels

Professor of French, Yale University
Patrick Weil
Senior Research Fellow, CNRS, University of Paris1 (Sorbonne)
Location: 12-2pm

Calhoun College Fellows Lounge
Yale University 
189 Elm Street
New Haven, CT

Co-sponsored with Humanity in Action

To attend the event, please rsvp:
http://www.humanityinaction.org/programs/40-exploring-diversity-in-france/151-yale-university

October 17, Monday
“Holocaust Denial and Holocaust Approval: Two Sources of the ‘New Antisemitism’”
Alvin Rosenfeld
Professor of English and Jewish Studies
Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies
Director, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
Indiana University
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC

Nov 2, Wednesday
“Joint Israeli-Palestinian Study of the Portrayal of the ‘Other’ in School Books, Sponsored by the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land: Background, Methods and Process”
Bruce Wexler
Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry
Yale Medical School
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC

Nov 30, Wednesday
“Playing the Blame Game: American Jews and the Historiography of America and the Holocaust”
Deborah Lipstadt
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies/Dept. of Religion
Emory University
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC

Jan 25, Wednesday
“The ‘Jewish type’ and the ‘mean Englishman’: Equality, Difference and the Jews, 1750-1900.”
David Feldman
Professor of History
Director, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism Birkbeck, University of London
Talk co-sponsored by Yale Modern Britain Group and the European Studies Council
Location: Luce Hall, room 203, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

February 16, Thursday
“Theorizing the Study of Antisemitism”
Panel Discussion
Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities, Rhodes College
Jeffrey Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC

February 27, Monday
“Arab and Iranian Perceptions of the Holocaust”

Meir Litvak
Senior Researcher
Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies
Tel Aviv University
Location: 4 p.m. room 208, WHC

April 3, Tuesday
“Eastern Causes of the Holocaust”
Timothy Snyder
Professor of History
Yale University
Response by
Adam Tooze
Professor of History
Yale University
Location: TBD 

People 

Director
Maurice Samuels, Professor of French
 
Advisory Group
Jeffrey Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for Cultural Sociology
Robert Burt, Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Law
John Dovidio, Professor of Psychology
Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor Emeritus English & Comparative Literature
Paula Hyman, Lucy G Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History
Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History
Steven Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science
Risa Sodi, Sr Lector, Italian
Timothy Snyder, Professor of History
Francesca Trivellato, Professor of History
 
Affiliates
Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science & Philosophy
Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French; Chair of the Humanities Program
Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies
Laura Engelstein, Henry S McNeil Professor of History
Christine Hayes, Robert F & Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica
Amy Hungerford, Professor of English and American Studies
Steven Fraade, Mark Taper Professor of History of Judaism
Paul Franks, Professor of Philosophy
Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French
Pericles Lewis, Professor of Comparative Literature & Professor of English
Ivan Marcus, Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History
Millicent Marcus, Professor of Italian
Maria Rosa Menocal, Sterling Professor of the Humanities & Director of Whitney Humanities Center
Christopher Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of French & African American Studies
Hindy Najman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Paul North, Assistant Professor of German
Brigitte Peucker, Elias W Leavenworth Professor of German & Film Studies
Rabbi James E. Ponet, Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain
Joanne Rudof, Holocaust Archives University Library
Stuart Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History
Eliyahu Stern, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Religious Studies and History
Adam Tooze, Professor of History
Bruce Wexler, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies, Women’s Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History 
 
 CLICK HERE to see our previous posts on  Yale Decision and Controversy 

Thanks for your interest,

Harriet and Bill

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