Yale to launch new anti-Semitism program

JTA        June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Yale University is launching a new program for the study of anti-Semitism, the school’s provost said in a statement.

Monday’s announcement by Peter Salovey of the creation of the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism comes less than three weeks after the university said the Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism would be disbanded at the end of the summer for failing to promote sufficient research and instruction opportunities.

Salovey said that in the wake of that decision, a group of faculty members interested in creating a new initiative to study anti-Semitism came forward.

The Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism will be sponsored by the university’s Whitney Humanities Center, he said.

“YPSA will encourage serious scholarly discourse and collaborative research focused on anti-Semitism, one of the world’s oldest and most enduring prejudices, in all its forms,” the provost said.

The shuttering of the earlier program had garnered international attention and drew protests from a number of Jewish groups.

YPSA will host visiting speakers and hold conferences, and students and faculty will be eligible to apply for research funding.

The Yale Daily News had reported last Friday that the campus rabbi, James Ponet, had sent an e-mail to undisclosed recipients saying that he expected the university to announce the new program soon.

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