Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice

Webinar on April 12, 2021, 5-7 PM PST

This will be broadcasted as part of the Berkeley Conversation Series and can be accessed here.

How are the historical experiences of the Black and Jewish communities at once distinct and interconnected? Should we see efforts to combat racism and antisemitism as separate struggles? What are African Americans’ and Jews’ responsibilities to one another in America’s current racial reckoning? In this conversation, Eric K. Ward, a leading expert on the relationship between racism, antisemitism, and authoritarian movements; and Michael Rothberg, an eminent scholar of historical exclusion and its legacies, will tackle these questions and other pressing matters in contemporary Black-Jewish relations. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Tina Sacks of the School of Social Welfare. 

This event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, the Department of African-American Studies, the Othering and Belonging Institute, Berkeley Hillel, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Graduate Theological Union, the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the College of Letters and Science, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and HaMaqom | The Place.

Suggested Pre-Event learning:

The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators – Michael Rothberg
Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism – Eric K. Ward
Far more unites Black and Jewish Americans than divides themEthan Katz and Deborah Lipstadt
From Mississippi to Chicago to Belarus, ancestors guide her wayTina Sacks

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