Dara Horn explores today’s antisemitism at ODU Workshop

by | Sep 23, 2021 | What’s Happening

Unpacking Antisemitism: An Action Based Workshop
Sunday, October 17, 1 pm

Free, open to community, limited space,
pre-registration required JewishVA.org/UnpackingAntisemitism

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Konikoff Center for Learning in partnership with the Old Dominion University Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, presents an afternoon workshop: Unpacking Antisemitism: An Action Based Workshop featuring author and scholar Dara Horn. The workshop intends to explore latent antisemitism.

Horn has written about Jewish life and culture since she was a teenager, becoming a go-to for many major publications. In recent years, those assignments have increasingly been in response to antisemitic incidents that were often deadly. From that, Horn had a troubling realization; she was too often writing about dead Jews, rather than living ones.

Recognizing the unease she felt at the myriad of requests, Horn set out to explore Jewish history as it stands in the popular imagination in her new book, People Love Dead Jews. In a series of insightful and informative essays, Horn delves into Shakespeare’s Shylock, Anne Frank, and Jewish communities in all corners of the world. Horn suggests in her examination of attacks on Jewish life and culture that the public piety surrounding the Jewish past is a subtle means to dehumanize Jews living in the present.

Open to the community, “the day promises to be engaging, enlightening, and thought provoking,” says Amy Milligan, director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at ODU.

Free and open to the community, the workshop offers in-person and online participation, but registration is required for both. Additional speakers and workshop facilitators will represent organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, FBI, Robert Nusbaum Center at Virginia Wesleyan University, and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

To register, visit www.JewishVA.org/UnpackingAntisemitism. Questions about the workshop may be directed to Elka Mednick at emednick@ujft.org.