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Adult Education: Antisemitism: Then and Now - CANCELLED

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The Most Enduring and Protean Hatred of the Western World

With Neil R. Davison

Tuesday, March 17 and 24, 7:00 pm

Beit Am

Why has Judaism as a religion, and the Jews as the group who represent it, been so reviled and persecuted by other ideologies for centuries? How has that hatred, and the social injustice and brutality it inspired, altered its face from age after age and place to place to sustain an animus against the Jews that runs from the Ancient world to Christendom to Modernity and into our own post-Holocaust era?  

This class will review some of the roots of and changes to Jew-hatred over the centuries, paying close attention to how a set of Medieval myths of a fallen, satanic people evolved (or devolved) into a central paradigm of modern racism’s notion of sub-humanity. In this, we will attempt to discuss and distinguish what is perhaps different in anti-Semitism from other long-running  racial hatreds, and confront how concepts like conspiracy, contagion, and financial world-domination have variously framed the most heinous eras and acts perpetrated against the Jews over the last 200 years. There will be an initial reading on the history of anti-Semitism from the Jewish Encyclopedia distributed at the outset of the first class as a jumping-off point for discussions during the second and final meeting.

Neil R. Davison is Professor of Modernism, Irish Studies, and Jewish Cultural Studies in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. He is the author of James Joyce, Ulysses, and the Construction of Jewish Identity (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Jewishness and Masculinity from the Modern to the Postmodern (Routledge Press, 2010), and numerous articles on the work of James Joyce and other modern Irish writers, the Holocaust novel, the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, the work of Philip Roth, and Afro-Caribbean Literature engaging confluences between Post-Holocaust and Postcolonial histories.

Event Date: 
Repeats every week 2 times.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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