Recent events have demonstrated the ongoing threat of antisemitism, and the need for analysis from an emancipatory perspective. We are proud to offer a timely addition to our online seminars: “Understanding Antisemitism: Historical Roots & Contemporary Relevance,” co-taught by Robert Ogman (PhD Sociology, De Montfort University), Peter Staudenmaier (Professor of History at Marquette University), and Blair Taylor (PhD, New School for Social Research); specific instructors may vary based on availability.  

Course Description: Among the specific forms of exclusion and domination that have plagued human societies since the rise of capitalism, antisemitism has played a particularly destructive role. Beginning with the emergence of modern antisemitism in nineteenth century Europe, this five-session seminar will examine the development of antisemitic beliefs across a variety of cultural contexts and explore the social function of anti-Jewish sentiment under hierarchical conditions. We will discuss how and why antisemitic thinking and practice, from covert animosity to outright violence, affect both the established institutions of the social order and oppositional movements working against these institutions.  Thematic units include: Antisemitism: A Historical and Conceptual Introduction, A Critical Theory of Antisemitism, Antisemitism and Capitalism, Antisemitism and the Contemporary Left: Antizionism and Intersectionality, and Contemporary Right Antisemitism.

View the full Spring 2020 syllabus here.

The next seminar will be condensed into three sessions,  meeting May 5, 12, 19 from 3-4:30 pm EST. Due to the precarious economic situation many are facing as a result of COVID-19, we’re offering this session on a voluntary donation basis. 

If the dates of the  seminar don’t work with your schedule, we also offer a self-directed format that features the same materials minus the fixed time commitment of the weekly meetings that can be started at any time ($40). We try to make our programs affordable while also covering costs – payment plans and need-based scholarships are available.

To register or request more information, please complete the form below or email us at social-ecology@mail.mayfirst.org. Enrollment is confirmed once the registration fee is paid  and the form below is completed. 

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