Submitted by: the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati

We are living in a precarious time in American history. Increasing incidences of hate have touched many different communities and threaten the pillars of our democracy. If hate is understood better, then approaches to combat it can increasingly become testable theories, and then analyzed and improved. The result can have real-world impact, including creating models for changes in society, government, culture and our individual and communal lives. 

Jews, Muslims and African- Americans each have traditions that seek to improve the world in which they live. 

The Judaic Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati is dedicating its annual Lichter Lecture Series to the problems of racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia. 

The lecture series will discuss the intersection of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white nationalism/supremacy and the impact of these hateful phenomena on our communities. 

Rather than offering the series’ standard three separate lectures on a topic, this year’s Lichter lecture, entitled, “Hatred and Hope:  Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia – What We Know,  What We Can Do” will feature a panel of experts from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Charles Phelps Taft Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

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Dr. Susannah Heschel

 

The panel will include Dr. Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College; Dr. Kayla Wheeler, assistant professor of Area & Global Studies and Digital Studies at Grand Valley State University; and Treigg Turner, chair of the Education Committee for the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP, to discuss these problems. The panel will be led by Hagit Limor, an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor and currently associate professor of Electronic Media at the College Conservatory of Muisc. 

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Treigg Turner

 

A bevy of experts from the University of Cincinnati will lead breakout sessions to discuss specific problems related to each and how people might work together to create positive change. Leaders from among these three communities will be invited to attend and offer their experience. 

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Dr. Kayla Wheeler

 

The lessons learned and plans which emerge will help educators, researchers, advocates and others better analyze and combat hatred in its various manifestations to lead to communities being committed to peace, human rights, and justice.

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Hagit Limor

 

From Jewish tikkun olam and Islamic islah to Martin Luther King’s deep commitment to the repair and healing of the world, each of our traditions have something to offer to this fractured world. Join us as we seek to enrich our understanding of these phenomena and to find common strategies to combat them. 

This event will be free and open to the public. Kosher refreshments are served after the event. A limited number of prepaid parking tickets for seniors and disabled are available. Please contact Sokoni Hughes at the Judaic Studies department for more information.

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