Past and Present: The Impact of Antisemitism on the Study of American Jewish History

For the Public
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Zoom webinar

Prior to the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, scholars of American Jewish history considered antisemitism marginal to the field. This presentation examines how the contemporary surge of antisemitism in the U.S. has impacted the teaching and scholarship of American Jewish history.

About the series “Jews and the University: Antisemitism, Admissions, Academic Freedom”

The integration of Jews into the university is one of the great success stories of modern American culture and Jewish life. Penn was at the forefront of this success story, with the first Jewish Students’ Association formed here in 1924. But recent events at Penn and at other campuses have led to accusations that the university has been too tolerant of antisemitism and become less welcoming to Jews. This series of free online lectures is an effort to share insights from history, sociology, education studies, and other fields that can help put the present moment into context and provide understanding far deeper than what social media conveys.


Pamela S. Nadell

Pamela S. Nadell

American University

Pamela Nadell’s America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today was named the 2019 Jewish Book of the Year by the National Jewish Book Awards. She is currently writing Antisemitism, an American Tradition.


This program was made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation.

Cosponsored by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.