Is rising antisemitism a species of racism or “hate” or a separate phenomenon? Dr. Heschel’s remarks will consider this and other questions, such as: Can Jews fight antisemitism and ignore racism toward African Americans? What is the impact of antisemitism and racism on Black Jews? What sort of discussion of racism should we be having as Jews?
The program will feature a clip from “Shared Legacies,” which features lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation, and a discussion with a new generation of Black leaders.
Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (pictured above with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.),is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on the history of Jewish and Protestant religious thought in Germany during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and she has brought post-colonial theory and feminist theory to her analyses. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and she has also edited two volumes of her father’s writings, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel.