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Jewish historian to discuss antisemitism in free online lecture series

Alvin H. Rosenfeld [Photo provided]
Alvin H. Rosenfeld [Photo provided]

A prominent Jewish historian is set to give three virtual presentations for Oklahoma City University’s annual Neustadt Lectures set for Feb. 9 through 11.

Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of English and Jewish studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, will give three lectures via Zoom: 7 p.m. Feb. 9, "Antisemitism in Today’s America: Causes and Consequences"; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, "History of Antisemitism and Its Culmination in the Nazi Genocide of the Jews during World War II"; 1 p.m. Feb. 11, "Connections Between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism."

Rosenfeld received his doctorate from Brown University in 1967 and has taught at Indiana University since 1968. He holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and serves as the director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism. He founded Indiana University's well-regarded Borns Jewish Studies Program and served as its director for 30 years.

Rosenfeld is also the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on American poetry, Jewish writers and the literature of the Holocaust. With his wife, Erna, Rosenfeld, translated Gunther Schwarberg's "The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm," a book on Nazi medical atrocities. His most recent publications include "Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives" (2013), "Deciphering the New Antisemitism" (2015) and "Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: The Dynamics of Delegitimization" (2019).

The lecture series at OCU’s Wimberly School of Religion was established in 1983 by Walter and Dolores Neustadt for the purpose of strengthening understanding of the contributions of the Judaic religious tradition to Western civilization and thought.

Registration is required by emailing with name and preferred email address. The event is free and open to the public.