“Why the Jews?” Join us for another exploration of this question in the second event of USC Shoah Foundation’s Scholar Lab on Antisemitism event series. This moderated discussion will feature Dr. Jonathan Judaken of Rhodes College and Dr. Jeffrey Veidlinger of the University of Michigan, both the members of the Scholar Lab on Antisemitism program. As part of the discussion, Dr. Judaken and Dr. Veidlinger will present on their research projects examining how major theorists of antisemitism understand its underlying causes and what prominent writers and thinkers in the historical western tradition had written about Jews, respectively, focusing on what we can learn about antisemitism from these writings. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Paul Lerner, Professor of History at USC.
This event is the second in the three-part event series associated with USC Shoah Foundation’s Scholar Lab on Antisemitism.
Dr. Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rhodes College. His research focuses on representations of Jews and Judaism, race and racism, existentialism, and post-Holocaust French Jewish thought. Dr. Judaken published extensively on these topics, including most recently an article on "The Politics of the Gesture: The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, Antiracism, and Intersectionality" in American Jewish History (2021). He is currently working on a monograph entitled Judeophobia and Anti-Semitism: A Primary Source Reader from its Origins to the Present (Palgrave, forthcoming), and his book Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question: Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual has been published by University of Nebraska Press in 2006. Dr. Judaken is the recipient of many prestigious grants, fellowships and honors, including the 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship. He is a founding member of the International Consortium for Research on Racism and Antisemitism, and serves as the U.S. Consulting Editor for Patterns of Prejudice, on the Associate Editorial Board for Critical Philosophy of Race, and on the Advisory Board for H-Antisemitism.
Dr. Judaken received his MA and PhD in History from the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy for Jewish Research, a former Vice-President of the Association for Jewish Studies, and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He was Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies from 2015-2021. Dr. Veidlinger's fields of study include modern Jewish history, modern Russia and Eastern Europe, oral history, culture and ethnicity, and the Holocaust. Dr. Veidlinger published extensively on these topics, including more recently his monographs In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust (Metroopolitan Books, 2021), Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse (Indiana University Press, 2016), and In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, 1919-1953 (Indiana University Press, 2013). He is the recipient of many awards, grants and fellowships, including the fellowship of the American Academy of Jewish Research and several National Endowment for the Humanities grants.
Dr. Veidlinger received his PhD in History from Georgetown University.
Professor Lerner is a Historian of Modern Germany and Central Europe with particular interest in the history of the human sciences, Jewish history, gender, and the history and theory of consumer culture. He has written on the history of psychiatry, specifically on hysteria and trauma in political, cultural and economic context in the years around World War I in Germany, and he recently published a book on the reception and representation of department stores and modern forms of marketing and consumption in Germany and Central Europe. Entitled "The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880-1949," the book appeared with Cornell University Press in Spring 2015. It pays particular attention to the notion of the "Jewish department store" and the ways that various movements deployed images of Jews to critique excessive consumption or mass consumer society. Lerner is also part of a long-term project and working group on German Jewish popular culture and has co-edited a volume of essays entitled: "Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History." He is currently working on several projects concerning German-speaking émigrés from Nazi-controlled Europe, including a study of Austrian Jews and their impact on American consumer culture in the 1950s and beyond.