The UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program presents:

Antisemitism and Other Racisms 

by Jack Jacobs, PhD.
Professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Description: Critical Theorists, including Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, devoted sustained attention to the study of antisemitism in the middle of the 20th century.  Can the ideas of the Frankfurt School help us to understand contemporary racists in America and elsewhere?  Can they help us to explain the continued existence of antisemitism generations after the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel?  The intent of this talk will be to explore both the approach to these subjects propounded by the Critical Theorists and the degree to which the ideas of the Frankfurt School on antisemitism and racism resonate in our own day. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016
5:00 pm
Faculty Club
UC San Diego
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Jack Jacobs

Jack Jacobs is a professor of political science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of On Socialists and “the Jewish Question” after Marx (1992), of Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland (2009), and of The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism (2015). He was the editor of Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100 (2001), and recently completed editing Jews and the Political Left, which will be published by Cambridge University Press next year. Prof. Jacobs was a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University in 1996-1997, and was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in 2009.