With anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence on the rise around the world, the USC Shoah Foundation this fall launches the Daniel and Marisa Klass USC Shoah Foundation Lecture Series on Antisemitism where leading scholars will guide audiences through the latest research and explore a diversity of approaches to understanding and combating the current upsurge.
February 22, 2024, at 1:00 PM PT Online Event
Antisemitism on Wikipedia: Distorting the History of the Holocaust
Guest Speaker: Dr. Shira Klein
Dr. Shira Klein is Associate Professor, Chair, Department of History at Wilkinson College at Chapman University. Dr. Klein focuses on Italian Jewry, Jewish migration, and the Holocaust. Her book, Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press, 2018), was selected as finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award. Her next book project will examine Italian Jews’ participation in Italy’s African empire from the 1890s to World War II, including their ties to indigenous Jews in Libya and Ethiopia.
Dr. Klein also works in the digital humanities, especially the study of Wikipedia. Her co-authored article “Wikipedia’s Intentional Distortion of the History of the Holocaust” in the Journal of Holocaust Research has surpassed 35,000 views and attracted international media coverage.
March 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM PT Online Event
Guest Speaker: Izabella Tabarovsky
Izabella Tabarovsky is the Kennan Institute Senior Advisor on Regional Partnerships and Programming. She oversees the Institute’s regional partnerships and programming, its independent journalism initiatives, and its Historical Memory initiative. She manages the Kennan Institute’s Russia File, Focus Ukraine, and In Other Words blogs, and co-hosts its Russia File podcast. She has coordinated Kennan’s U.S.-Israel working group on Russia in the Middle East, Kennan’s alumni conferences, and other initiatives and events. Her research expertise includes politics of historical memory, Russia's independent media, the Holocaust, Stalin’s repressions, and Soviet and contemporary left antisemitism.
April 18, 2024, at 1:00 PM Hybrid Event
Antisemitism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Guest Speaker: Christina Wirth
Christina Wirth, a Ph.D. student at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany, is the USC Shoah Foundation’s first Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Antisemitism Studies. She will be in residence at the Institute in April 2024. As part of the fellowship, Wirth will conduct research on Jewish survivors’ experiences of antisemitism in the immediate years after the Holocaust. This research is part of her broader dissertation project, entitled From ‘Displaced Persons’ to ‘Refugee’: Categorizing and Representing People in Transit (1944-1951).
At a time when antisemitism is resurgent, arguments about it are increasingly common. This September 7, 2023, talk discusses why the issue of antisemitism has become so contentious.
In this October 11, 2023 lecture, Dr. Robert J. Williams, Mark Weitzman, and Dr. James Wald discuss the imperatives in making the recently published Routledge History of Antisemitism.
In this November 8, 2023 talk, Dr. Matthias Becker elaborates on his interdisciplinary and transnational project Decoding Antisemitism, which aims to develop tools for recognizing and tracking down various forms of online antisemitism.
More related lectures on antisemitsm
On September 6, 2023, the Institute brought together Lord Eric Pickles, the U.K. Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, and Ellen Germain, the U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, in conversation with Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Chair Dr. Robert J. Williams to discuss threats to Holocaust memory caused by growing antisemitism and revisionist campaigns that deny and distort the Shoah.