Antisemitism: Then and Now
Antisemitism did not begin with the Holocaust, nor did it die with the defeat of Nazism in 1945. Antisemitism has been called one of the world’s oldest forms of hatred, dating back more than 2,000 years in the archeological record to Greek and Roman sources. Tragically, this type of hate continues to thrive today in the 21st century, with many of the same myths and tropes continuing to be perpetuated. This 1 ½ hour program will look at patterns of antisemitism evidenced from antiquity to present day, discussing how to identify this form of hate and suggest ways in which to address it in our contemporary world today.
The purpose of the program is to educate and build awareness about the topic of antisemitism from a historical to contemporary context. Understanding historical forms of antisemitism places current incidents within a broader spectrum of understanding of the seriousness and longevity of this form of hatred and intolerance. It also informs conversations about how naming and calling out antisemitism alongside building allyship can work towards countering this hate. All of this work is about valuing diversity and inclusion and using one’s power and privilege to contribute to diversity and inclusion.