Understanding how concepts of race intersect with antisemitism is a critical task as we work to uproot white supremacy and racism from our schools. Animosity against Jews took on a new narrative when the first “Purity of Blood” laws were enacted against the Jewish community of Spain in 1449. This form of judeophobia would influence anti-Judaic violence in the Spanish Inquisition, lay the foundation for Western ideas of biological race, and inform Nazi policies across Europe in the mid-20th century.
Join us in conversation with Professor Anthony Appiah and Professor Paola Tartakoff as we discuss how concepts of race continue to feed antisemitic ideologies, how antisemitism continues to impact ideas of race, and how we can work to uproot white supremacy and racism from our schools and our society today.
During the webinar, we will:
- Explore the history between ideas of “race” and anti-Judaic ideologies
- Unpack the ways that antisemitism connects to contemporary discussions of race
- Consider how educators can integrate discussions of antisemitism into their anti-racism work
Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/ 5–6 PM MT/4–5 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.
You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.
About the Speakers
Karen Murphy, Moderator
Director of International Strategy, Facing History and Ourselves
Karen L. Murphy, Ph.D., is the Director of International Strategy for Facing History and Ourselves. Karen oversees Facing History’s work and the development of partnerships in countries outside the United States and Canada. She has a special interest in countries emerging from mass violence and/or in transition and divided societies with identity based conflicts. She has researched, written about and worked on the ground in several countries, including Bosnia, Colombia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, France, the United States and South Africa. Karen has also published journal articles, presented papers and lectured on the often-neglected role of education in transitional justice processes. She is on the board of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network and the editorial boards of Intercultural Education and Change: Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education. She is the co-author of the Children’s Report for the Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and has chapters in the recently published Education and Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for Peacebuilding and International Perspectives on Peace Education. She is co-director of a multi-year research project studying youth and civic development in the US, Northern Ireland and South Africa funded by the Spencer Foundation.
Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University
Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. He was born in London (where his Ghanaian father was a law student) but moved as an infant to Kumasi, Ghana, where he grew up. He took BA and PhD degrees in philosophy at Cambridge University and has taught philosophy in Ghana, France, Britain, and the United States. He explored questions of African and African-American identity in In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture; examined the cultural dimensions of global citizenship in Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers; and investigated the social and individual importance of identity in The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama.
Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
Paola Tartakoff is professor of History and Jewish Studies—and chair of the Department of Jewish Studies—at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Antisemitism, on Relations between Medieval Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and on Jewish History and Medieval History more broadly. She is the author of two books—Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (2012) and Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe (2020)—and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the European Institutes for Advanced Study, the Israel Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the recipient of a Rutgers Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.