14th Tikkun Olam Award to Kenneth S. Stern

Kenneth Stern is AJC’s specialist on antisemitism and extremism. An attorney and award-winning author, Stern is a nationally-recognized expert on hate and hate groups. His most recent book, Antisemitism Today: How It Is The Same, How It Is Different, and How to Combat It has won widespread praise both for making contemporary antisemitism understandable, and also for providing a blueprint on how to fight it. He is also the author of the widely acclaimed Force Upon the Plain: The American Militia Movement. An earlier report, Militias: A Growing Danger, released two weeks before the Oklahoma City bombing, predicted such attacks on government. In addition, his book Holocaust Denial was the first comprehensive look at this form of antisemitism. Stern was an integral part of the Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s defense team in the 2000 London Holocaust denial trial of David Irving. He has also been instrumental in developing a new academic discipline, Hate Studies, to analyze the evolution of hate and ways to counter its spread. Stern was an invited presenter at the White House conference on hate crimes, has testified before Congress, has argued before the United States Supreme Court, and is frequently interviewed by the media. He has appeared on CNN, Face the Nation, Good Morning America, Nightline, Dateline, and the CBS Evening News. He has also been interviewed on National Public Radio. Stern joined AJC’s staff in 1989.


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