ISGAP Digital Courses are open to faculty, students, policy experts and the interested public.
Professor Richard Landes, Associate Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University
In this seminar, Professor Landes examines the argument made by physicist David Deutsch that a near-universal Pattern of longue durée that characterizes the attitudes and behaviors of non-Jews towards Jews. The seminar will examine the argument, look at the patterns of the “new antisemitism” of the 21st century to test its value, and try, in conclusion, on the one hand, to evaluate both the accuracy and value of the hypothesis, and on the other to attempt to explain it.
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Benjamin Weinthal, European Affairs Correspondent, Jerusalem Post; Research Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Making Sense of BDS on both sides of the Atlantic will cover the rise of the anti-Israel boycott campaign among politicians, on college campuses, and within NGOs. Over four sessions, participants will explore the BDS Movement’s patterns in North American and Europe, the role of Iran’s regime, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in spreading BDS. Classes will examine past boycott movements that targeted Jews and Israel and will consider how BDS activity can be countered by governments, lawmakers, and the public at large.
Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director, ISGAP; Research Scholar, St. Antony's College, Oxford • Natan Sharansky, Chair, ISGAP • Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Founder, AHA Foundation • Professor Barry Kosmin, Trinity College • Professor Joel Kotek, Free University of Brussels and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris • Professor Uzi Rabi, Tel Aviv University • Professor Yossi Shain, Tel Aviv University
This online course draws upon the ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute, which annually hosts the best scholars and experts in the interdisciplinary study of contemporary antisemitism. Since 2015 the summer Institute has more than 250 graduates from around the world. Thousands of hours of expert lecturers on an array of contemporary issues forms the basis for the development of this unique online course. This high quality online course is made available to students and concerned informed Community members and experts concerned about human rights. Given the rise of global Antisemitism and the lack of attention 30 universities have placed on the study of contemporary Antisemitism this online course is timely.
Professor William Kolbrener, Department of English Literature, Bar Ilan University; Professor Daniel Feldman, Bar Ilan University
Professor William Kolbrener, English Literature, Bar Ilan University, leads this three-week course exploring the nature of antisemitism in the progressive academy today. Sessions will examine critical theory against Israel and the Jews from various sources, including the Frankfurt School, Edward Said, Michel Foucault, and George Steiner. This course will take participants beyond the idea of intersectionality and will offer solutions to resolve the hold identity-politics possesses over the humanities.
Professor David Patterson, University of Texas at Dallas, United States
Led by Professor David Patterson, this four-part course will examine the millennial phenomenon of what has been deemed “the longest hatred”: Antisemitism. Exploring the history, causes, and essence of Jew hatred, the course delves into its philosophical, theological, ideological, political, and social aspects. The ultimate aim of the course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the essence of Jew hatred as it appears among very diverse peoples and cultures ranging from ancient Greeks to modern intellectuals, from Saint Augustine to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from Karl Marx to Adolf Hitler.
ISGAP Research Fellows and Faculty have committed themselves to the exploration of antisemitism, in all its forms, in order to better understand how the oldest hatred is penetrating present-day society. By sharing their activities in the field, Fellows and Faculty are able to compare and contrast their own ideas with one another. To help facilitate this initiative, ISGAP has organized a reading group for a select group of ISGAP Fellows and Faculty only. Each participant is responsible for reading a text during each session, after which the group collectively discusses the text in real-time. This timeless exercise enhances our Fellow’s ability to educate their own students and the general public. The reading group is led by Chloe Pinto, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
Organizer: Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)
Contact for information: Ira Guberman, 212-230-1840, [email protected]