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UMN and Community Panel Event on Antisemitism in Today's Europe

UMN and Community Panel Event on Antisemitism in Today's Europe

Wednesday, March 9, 2:30-4:30 PM
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Antisemitism in Today's Europe: Between Neo-Nationalism and Global Terrorism

**Public Event**

Panel speakers:
KENNETH MARCUS, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law 
GÜNTHER JIKELI, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University 
ERIC P. SCHWARTZ, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
BRUNO CHAOUAT, Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota
Moderated by: 
PATRICIA LORCIN, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Political scientist Gilles Kepel, among other pundits and scholars, has argued that jihadism needs nationalism and nationalism needs jihadism. Both extremisms, in order to gain traction, must identify an enemy. If, for European Neo-Nationalisms, the Muslim/immigrant is the enemy, for jihadism it is the West, modernity, and the Jew.

This panel will examine the new discourse of antisemitism in the context of a deadly dialectic between neo-nationalism and global terrorism, in a time when the Jewish population of Europe is caught in a vice between old European nationalist antisemitism and a belief in an apocalyptic transformation of society that also scapegoats Jews.  

KENNETH MARCUS is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of The Definition of Anti-Semitism (Oxford University Press: 2015) and Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press: 2010).  

GÜNTHER JIKELI is a historian and sociologist of modern Europe at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University. He is the author ofEuropean Muslim Antisemitism(Indiana University Press: 2015) and current research projects include the impact of contemporary antisemitism in France and Germany, intergenerational transmissions of antisemitic beliefs, and perceptions of the Holocaust. 

ERIC SCHWARTZ has served as dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs since October 2011.Prior to that, Schwartz served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, having been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, and is currently Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

BRUNO CHAOUAT is Professor of French and Jewish Studies and Chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. His most recent book is Is Theory Good for the Jews: French Thought and the Challenge of the New Antisemitism(under contract with Liverpool University Press: forthcoming).

PATRICIA LORCIN is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and the author of Imperial Identities(1995 revised and updated 2014; French translation: 2005) among several other books that focus on race and racial ideology in France and its colonies, women and gender in European colonies, and modern France and French imperialism.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, Department of French and Italian, Department of History, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the Human Rights Program; and by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.