Crucial Conversations: Confronting Antisemitism - Starting the Conversation
|Date||Thu, May 6, 7:00pm - 8:00pm|
Crucial Conversations: Confronting Antisemitism
Starting the Conversation
In the first session of this series featuring Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will discuss the “why” behind the series and how they approach the conversation as a museum. They will examine the history of antisemitism, the longest hatred, as well as the statistics around the recent rise of antisemitic rhetoric and actions. The information provided in this session will lay the groundwork and serve as a point of entry for the conversations we will have throughout the series.
About the SeriesJoin the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for a four-part series on antisemitism. Through these public programs, we aim to foster an increased understanding of the origins and history of antisemitism, to discuss the recent increase in antisemitism globally and in the United States, and to identify concrete steps that can be taken to confront and disrupt antisemitism. For these sessions, we will convene a diverse group of experts to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas.
Mark Weitzman is Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Authority (IHRA), where he chaired the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, currently chairs the Museums and Memorials Working Group, and was the architect of IHRA’s adoption of the Working Definition of Antisemitism and lead author of IHRA’s Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Association of Holocaust organizations. Mr. Weitzman is co-editing the Routledge History of Antisemitism, scheduled for publication in 2021, and is a contributor to the forthcoming volumes Contending with Antisemitism in a Rapidly Changing Political Climate (ed. Alvin Rosenfeld) and the Cambridge History of Antisemitism (ed. by Steven T. Katz). He has testified in the U.S. Congress, met with world leaders, and been a featured speaker at three UN conferences on antisemitism and extremism. He has lectured and presented at international political and scholarly conferences worldwide and is a frequent media commentator on issues related to antisemitism, extremism, and tolerance.
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