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Video: Watch UCOP’s conversation on antisemitism in the U.S.

Gregg Drinkwater, Ph.D., and Ethan Katz, Ph.D.

On Monday, May 22, Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA)  and the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging presented a critical discussion about antisemitism in the United States.

In conversation with Kari Stewart, executive director of Academic Success Initiatives, Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs, Dr. Ethan Katz and Dr. Gregg Drinkwater of the Antisemitism Education Initiative at UC Berkeley spoke to the following questions:

  • Many people consider Judaism to be simply a religion and Jews to be adherents to that religious tradition. In what ways is Jewish identity more complex than this?
  • How do Jews occupy a complicated position in America’s racially charged political landscape? What are some of the challenges when considering Jews to be simply “white” or not “white?”
  • How should our knowledge of antisemitism inform the way we approach critical conversations about Israel/Palestine?

To get the most out of this conversation, we recommend that you begin by watching the 11-minute video “Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present” prior to watching the discussion.

Watch the conversation here

About the Confronting Racism Speaker Series

This conversation was presented as part of the Confronting Racism speaker series, a program of virtual learning opportunities organized and cosponsored by Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) and the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging (OWIB). Inspired by President Drake and the work of the UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force, Confronting Racism brings UC lecturers from a broad array of fields to UCOP to highlight contemporary issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. All UCOP community members are encouraged to attend these events to broaden their perspective, learn how to adopt anti-racist principles in their own lives and engage in meaningful conversations with guest lecturers and colleagues.

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