Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies WEek Winter 2024


Tuesday, March 12th

2024 Annual Tova Yedlin Lecture

Why do you think they call it the oldest hatred?: Anti-Semitism-Past & Present

William I. Brustein, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History (emeritus)


Drawing on more than 40 years of empirical research on anti-Semitism in Europe and the U.S., Professor William I. Brustein offers key insights into the ubiquity of anti-Semitism.  Among the questions to be addressed in his presentation are Why were so many people indifferent to the fate of the Jews on the eve of the Holocaust?  Why did anti-Semitism reach such heights before the Holocaust? How do we explain societal and temporal variation in anti-Semitism?, How does anti-Semitism differ from other forms of ethnic, racial and religious prejudice?, Is leftist anti-Semitism new?, and How does present-day anti-Semitism differ from past anti-Semitism?

On July 1, 2020 William I. Brustein stepped down as Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs at West Virginia University to assume the position of Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History (currently emeritus).  Professor Brustein has published widely in the areas of political extremism and ethnic/religious/racial prejudice.  Among Brustein’s awarding-winning books are  The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925-1933 (Yale University Press) and Roots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe Before the Holocaust (Cambridge University Press).


Wednesday, March 13th

Central European Talk

"Always a Jew inside"?: Judaism and Viennese Modernism at 150--Karl Kraus, Arnold Schoenberg and Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Dr. Alexander CarpenterDirector, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies & Professor of Music, University of Alberta

2:00 p.m. MDT
Senate Chamber, Arts & Convocation Hall


Thursday, March 14th


Rudolph Vrba Holocaust Reading Room Cartography Presentation & Open House

2-2:30 pm MDT -
Holocaust Map Presentation with Cartographer Michael J. Fisher
Senate Chamber, Arts & Convocation hall

2:30 - 3:30 pm MDT -
Rudolph Vrba Holocaust Reading Room Open House
300 Arts & Convocation Hall


Friday, March 15th

Central European Cafe

Hosted by Hillel Edmonton

Free to attend and all welcome! Coffee, tea, and delicious Jewish pastries served.

2-3:00 p.m. MDT
Arts (Student) Lounge, Arts & Convocation Hall