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Hate Before and After Pittsburgh: Anti-Semitism, Racism, and White Nationalism in Contemporary America

We find ourselves at a deeply troubling point in our history where anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry have infected our mainstream social discourse. Acts of hate motivated by anti-Semitism have been rising in recent years from swastikas defacing property, to displays of Nazi flags, to the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation. A panel of faculty from across campus will highlight the particularities of rising anti-Semitism and link it to broader challenges of minority groups in the America at the present moment. This teach-in will provide the context we need to understand the world around us and the importance of fostering a climate of tolerance and inclusion on our campus. This event is presented by Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS). 

Candelight Processional:  A candlelight procession from the Bernie Dallas Room to the Student Union Building will follow the teach-in. There will be a brief reading of the names of the dead and the Jewish mourner’s kaddish from 5:30-6:00.