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Israel Education Committee: "Confronting Israel Delegitimization & Antisemitism"—ZOOM

Sunday, January 17, 2021 4 Sh'vat 5781

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Temple Sinai’s Israel Education Committee Zoom Presents 
Confronting Israel Delegitimization & Antisemitism:  Trends, Challenges, Solutions
 Professor Miriam F. Elman 
Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, NY
Executive Director, Academic Engagement Network

In recent years there has been a disturbing rise in antisemitic incidents across the United States, including on college campuses where Jewish and pro-Israel students are increasingly being harassed and demoralized as a result of their Zionist beliefs and identities. The national health crisis has done little to quell campus antisemitism. If anything,  Covid-19 has prompted new ways to demonize and delegitimize Israel and its supporters on campus.   Examples of recent incidents on California campuses as well as on universities and colleges around the country will be provided.  

Prof. Elman will highlight a number of solutions to these challenges. She will also discuss proactive ways in which a safe and welcoming learning environment for Jewish and Zionist students can be ensured, while protecting campus free expression and open inquiry. 

Professor Miriam F. Elman is the Executive Director of the Academic Engagement Network and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, NY where she holds the title of McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Prof. Elman earned her B.A. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.  

At the Maxwell School she has served as a research director in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) and a member of the Advisory Board and Steering Committees for the Jewish Studies Program (JSP) and the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP). 

She has edited and co-edited six books and is the author of over 65 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to international relations and security, Israeli politics, and the Middle East conflict. Recently she co-edited Word Crimes: Reclaiming the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, a special issue of the leading academic journal Israel Studies.  

Elman frequently features in the media on topics related to campus antisemitism and the anti-Israel movement and has appeared in Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The New York Times, Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, JNS, Jewish Journal, and The Forward, among other outlets. Elman lived in Israel during the 1980s and served in the Israel Defense Forces (1983-1985; sergeant, Air Force-IAF).  

In 2018, in recognition of her work, she was listed by the Algemeiner among the top 100 people worldwide positively influencing Jewish life.

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