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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

Double Amnesia: Zionism and Human Rights in 1948 and Today

2/27/20, 7:30 PM

About this event

2018 marked the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and U.S. foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and the origins of international human rights remain completely unknown today. Drawing on his recent book, James Loeffler will discuss how the forgotten Jewish past of human rights holds timely lessons for thinking about the intertwined futures of global justice and Jewish politics.

James Loeffler is Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (Yale, 2018). His other publications include The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (Yale, 2010) and The Law of Strangers: Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2019). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Tablet, and Slate. He is currently writing a new book entitled Blind Justice: The Jewish Legal Battle against Antisemitism in Modern America.

Cosponsors: Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Department of History, Institute for Global Studies
Event Location
  • Beth Jacob Congregation
  • 1179 Victoria Curve
  • Saint Paul MN
  • USA