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Signature Event: “Understanding Antisemitism as a Form of Hate”

November 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Kenneth Stern

Kenneth S. Stern, director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of Hate, will give a talk titled “Understanding Antisemitism as a Form of Hate” on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.

For 25 years Stern was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department.

He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance.

Stern was part of the defense team in the historic Holocaust denial case of David Irving vs. Deborah Lipstadt. He was counsel for American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, and his resulting book, Loud Hawk: The United States vs. The American Indian Movement, won the Gustave Myers Center Award as outstanding book on human rights. His book about the Oklahoma City bombing – A Force Upon The Plain: The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate – was nominated for the National Book award. His other books are Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism Today. His forthcoming book is titled The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate.

Stern’s op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington PostUSA Today, The Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and elsewhere. Stern has appeared on the CBS Evening News, Dateline, Good Morning America, Face the Nation, the History Channel, PBS, and on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, UNC Global and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.



November 7, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States