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.

March 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM PT Online Event

Soviet Antisemitism

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 FileFocus 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.

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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).

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Stream lectures

Why We Argue about Antisemitism Today
Guest Speaker: Dr. Dov Waxman

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.

History of Antisemitism
Guest Speakers: Dr. Robert J. Williams, Mark Weitzman, and Dr. James Wald

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.

Decoding Antisemitism
Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthias Becker

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.

Antisemitism and the Blood Libel
Guest Speaker: Dr. Magda Teter

Blood libel, the malicious myth that Jews engage in ritualistic murder, has been one of the most persistent tropes of antisemitism across the millennia. Watch Dr. Magda Teter, Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University, present a lecture on how the blood libel continues to manifest today.

Antisemitism on Wikipedia
Guest Speaker: Dr. Shira Klein

In this lecture from February 22, 2024, Dr. Klein discusses the intentional distortion of the history of the Holocaust on Wikipedia.

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Special Convening
Protecting the Future of Holocaust Memory in an Era of Rising Antisemitism

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.