Swarthmore College will host a landmark symposium, “Resisting Anti-Semitism: Past and Present, Local and Global” that will feature moderated discussions among scholars from all over the world and a keynote address by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum.
Co-hosted by Atshan and Rabbi Michael Ramberg of the Interfaith Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the all-day symposium will bring together academics, rabbis, activists, and artists, among others, with expertise in three regions – North America, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa – and engage them in conversation with each other and the Swarthmore community. Enriched by diverse perspectives from the distinguished panelists, symposium participants will gain a deeper understanding of the form of prejudice and violence, an enhanced commitment to opposing it, and a strengthened ability to do so.
The 10 panelists include academics with varied specialties from institutions in the US and Israel, rabbis from North America and Europe, activists from around the US, and the author of Call Me By Your Name André Aciman, who will share his experience growing up Jewish in Egypt. Keynote speaker Sharon Kleinbaum has played a pivotal role in efforts to combat both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as the lead Rabbi of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York, the largest LGBTQ synagogue community in the world.
The event is free and open to the public.