Lecture Series: Jews and the University

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. 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 free lecture series is an effort to share insights from history, sociology, education studies, and other fields that can help put the present moment into context.

Made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation, these presentations address topics including the history of anti-Jewish quotas and how the admission situation today compares to earlier eras; how other universities have addressed or are addressing legacies of antisemitism; the history of Jewish life on the American campus; and to what extent the university as an institution is successfully balancing a commitment to inclusiveness with its responsibility as protector of academic freedom.

The complete series of Zoom lectures can now be viewed online.

January 2024

6:45 PM EST
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
6:45 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST
For the Public
Campus Talk
On Antisemitism and Education
Featuring: Dara Horn

Reflections and conversation about past failures and finding a way forward

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February 2024

12:00 PM EST
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
12:00 PM EST - 1:00 PM EST
For the Public
Jews and the University
Campus Free Speech after October 7th
Featuring: Sigal Ben-Porath, University of Pennsylvania

Understanding new and old challenges

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RSVP required

March 2024