Martin-Buber-Vorlesung in jüdischer Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie / Martin Buber-Lecture in Jewish Intellectual History and Philosophy (Webinar)
Welcome and introduction:
Prof. Dr. Christian Wiese (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Prof. Dr. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann (Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg)
Lecture: Prof. Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College): Racism in America: The Past and Future of Black-Jewish Relations
The Buber-Lecture will take place as a Zoom-Webinar. Should you like to attend the event online and participate in the discussion, please register by email under the following address by 2 December 2020: firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the Zoom-link. The Buber-Lecture will also be streamed live on the YouTube Channel of the Martin-Buber-Professur (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3nXa7GsCUKLklTuMI5S-oA)
The meteoric rise of White Nationalism in the United States during the past three years has exposed the extent to which racism and antisemitism fester throughout the country. Scholars debate whether antisemitism is a species of racism (“hate”) or a separate phenomenon, and whether the same methods should be deployed against both. To what extent can and should Jews and African Americans join in combatting racism and antisemitism? What alliance between the two groups is possible and useful in the American context?
Many American Jews turn with pride to the active participation of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), in which numerous rabbis and Jewish students took part in disproportionate number – and some died. The CRM alliances remain a powerful and inspiring memory, and many Jews long to revive the alliances of the 1960s. Yet the political context has changed and tensions between the two groups have increased sharply in recent decades for reasons that will be explained.
This lecture will speak about the complex relations between Jews and the CRM; how African American experience might revise Jewish historical understanding; and discuss several new scholarly analyses of anti-Black racism published in recent years.
Prof. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Case Western Reserve University.
Martin Buber-Professur für Jüdische Religionsphilosophie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
In cooperation with:
Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften Bad Homburg