Public Event

“Is There an Anti-Jewish Bias in Today’s University?”
Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies; Director, Institute for the
Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism (Indiana University)

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 7:30p.m.  Cowles Auditorium, The Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The event is free and open to the public.

The widespread cooperation of German academicians with the Nazi regime and the contributions of these scholars to the advancement of the so-called “Jewish Question” are well-established facts. Nothing similar to this radical betrayal of the humanities during the Third Reich is evident in American and European universities today. At the same time, many of our campuses have become hospitable to certain political and ideological currents of thought that issue in actions and statements inimical to many Jewish students and professors. A review of contemporary debates about two issues of particular concern to Jews—the Holocaust and the State of Israel—suggests that we may be witnessing the emergence of some new versions of the “Jewish Question.”

Professor Rosenfeld is the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on American poetry, Jewish writers, and the literature of the Holocaust. His most recent study, The End of the Holocaust, contends that the proliferation of books, films, television programs, museums, and public commemorations related to the Holocaust has, perversely, brought about a diminution of its meaning and a denigration of its memory.