“Antisemitism and the Politics of Jewish Peoplehood”

The third and final lecture of the fall 2019 College of Jewish Studies series on “Antisemitism, Then and Now” will be held on Thursday, September 19, when Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, will present a lecture titled “Antisemitism and the Politics of Jewish Peoplehood.” Kurtzer’s talk will focus on today’s “complex and sometimes troubled” relationship between Israel and Diaspora communities (particularly American Jewry), exploring the ways in which antisemitic discourse has sought to exploit these divides.
Kurtzer received his M.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in Jewish studies from Harvard University. He served on the faculty of Brandeis University and held the inaugural chair in Jewish Communal Innovation there. In 2010, he helped create the Hartman Institute of North America as a research and educational center dedicated to exploring the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. Kurtzer is the author of “Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past” and the co-editor of the forthcoming volume “The New Jewish Canon,” a collection of what are considered the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations.

College of Jewish Studies programs are open to the entire community; general admission is $8 per program, or $20 for all three programs; senior admission is $5 per program or $12 for all three programs. BU students are welcome to attend at no charge. All programs begin at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.