NYU Launches Its Center for the Study of Antisemitism

June 22, 2024

NYU’s Center for the Study of Antisemitism, announced last fall, presented its inaugural academic conference, “Four Critical Questions: Confronting Antisemitism in 2024 and Beyond,” on April 18 in the John A. Paulson Center’s African Grove Theatre. Calling for critical inquiry founded in precision, empathy, and courage, NYU President Linda G. Mills opened the day-long event by emphasizing NYU’s decision to harness its unique academic strength. “The creation of the Center for the Study of Antisemitism comes in part out of the renewed wave of Jewish hatred we have seen in the past several months. There is a clear need for knowledge and further study,” Mills said. The hearing was the latest to highlight the ongoing debate about how to weigh the protection of academic freedom with concerns about discrimination and student safety.

At a moment when antisemitism is on the rise, NYU faculty, graduate students, and scholars from other universities grappled with the historical origins and widespread impact of this particular form of hate, examined its connection to other forms of bigotry, and analyzed the resulting harm to American democracy and societies around the world.

NYU’s Center for the Study of Antisemitism, announced last fall, presented its inaugural academic conference, “Four Critical Questions: Confronting Antisemitism in 2024 and Beyond,” on April 18 in the John A. Paulson Center’s African Grove Theatre. With more than 120 in attendance—including university leadership, supporters, and community partners—the conference employed a multidisciplinary lens to examine the age-old hate and its role in our current global crisis.

Calling for critical inquiry founded in precision, empathy, and courage, NYU President Linda G. Mills opened the day-long event by emphasizing NYU’s decision to harness its unique academic strength.

“The creation of the Center for the Study of Antisemitism comes in part out of the renewed wave of Jewish hatred we have seen in the past several months. There is a clear need for knowledge and further study,” Mills said. “Today we have assembled several brilliant scholars from NYU and beyond to use the tools we at a university know best: systemic and scholarly review.”

The conference came the day after a second Congressional hearing on higher education’s handling of antisemitism and the challenges facing universities in the wake of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas. The hearing was the latest to highlight the ongoing debate about how to weigh the protection of academic freedom with concerns about discrimination and student safety.

The source of this news is from New York University

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