How can we help students recognize the antisemitism that fuels some of today’s most destructive conspiracy theories? Ranging in accusations that Jews cause plagues, maintain global control of governments and finance, and participate in ritual murder, ideas about “the Jew” have been crafted into conspiracies for over a thousand years and continue to carry weight—even in places where there are no Jews. What tools do students need in order to recognize these narratives and process them through a critical and ethical lens? How can we help students develop their voice to combat this insidious form of hate?
During the webinar, we will:
- Explore the history and impacts of antisemitic conspiracy theories
- Unpack the global and domestic manifestations of antisemitism
- Discuss methods to help young people process ideas with a critical and ethical lens
Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 4–5 PM ET/3–4 PM CT/2–3 PM MT/1–2 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 Presenters/Panelists:
Dimitry Anselme, Moderator
Executive Program Director for Professional Learning and Support
Facing History and Ourselves
Dimitry Anselme is the Executive Program Director at Facing History and Ourselves. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the coherence of all program delivery activities, and managing the intersection between content production and program staff development.
Prior to joining Facing History in 1999 as a program associate, Dimitry was a high school History teacher. He taught world and American history in public schools in Worcester and in Brookline, Massachusetts and served on the Teacher Leadership Network for Facing History’s New England office. In 2004, Dimitry briefly left the organization to become the high school principal at the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a high-performing public charter high school in the Boston area. He returned to Facing History in 2007.
Dimitry is a graduate of Clark University and holds a Master in Administration and Social Policy Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dimitry was born in Haiti and grew up in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).
Senior Associate Director
Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism
Aryeh Tuchman is Senior Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, where he has spent fifteen years analyzing and responding to antisemitism and extremism across the country. Aryeh is a specialist on Holocaust denial, antisemitic conspiracy theories, anti-Zionism, and attacks on the history and theology of Judaism. He has also worked in the field of Jewish philanthropy. He has an M.A. in medieval Jewish history from Yeshiva University and is an ordained rabbi.
Counter Extremism Expert
The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
Haras Rafiq is the Managing Director for the Institute for The Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) and has been a counter extremism/terrorism expert and practitioner since 2004. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Quilliam International based in London and USA for seven years and has been part of numerous international Governmental task forces, including the UK government task force looking to counter extremism/terrorism in response to the 2005 terrorist bombings in London. He is a Trustee of the UK charity, Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS) and he was also a member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda at Europol’s European Counter-terrorism Centre (ECTC). In addition to this, Haras has been a trustee of the UK and French Government Securities Think Tank – The Franco British Council. Haras is regularly featured in the media as a commentator and has been a cultural ambassador through the UK Government’s “Projecting British Islam” initiative.