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Anti-Judaism: Past and Present

Dr. David Nirenberg
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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall - Room 220

**This event is free and open to the public**

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world, and often in negative ways. What does this history of Anti-Judaism have to do with how we think about Judaism today? Do past ideas about Israel and Israelites affect how we think in the present? Nowadays we are often called upon to evaluate political claims about Israel, Zionism, and Judaism. How can we know, as we make our ethical decisions in the present, whether we are being truly critical citizens of the world, or merely acting out of historical habit?  

Reception with light refreshments to follow immediately after the lecture

Sponsored by the UW Department of Sociology

Co-sponsors: Jackson School of International Studies, Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW Departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Comparative History of Ideas, History; UW Hillel

S­ponsorship of this lecture does not imply endorsement.

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