Lecture at Williams College Examines Intellectual Representation of Anti-Semitism

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 27, 2018—Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rhodes College, will discuss how anti-Semitism, or “Judeophobia,” is an under-theorized field in academia. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Judaken’s research focuses on how intellectuals represent Jews and Judaism and race and racism. His work explores the history of existentialism, the philosophy of race, critical theories of anti-Semitism, and post-Holocaust French Jewish thought. He aims to understand the patterns that underpin race thinking, as well as those that lead to respect and responsibility for others. His research has been published in four books, more than 15 articles, and in other literature.

In addition to his writing and teaching, Judaken is also a founding member of the international consortium for research on racism and anti-Semitism. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Irvine.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, the Bronfman Fund, and the Wiener Lecture Fund. It is co-sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies as part of a yearlong series on race and democracy.


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