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Defining Antisemitism and Why It Matters: An In-Depth Exploration

Virtual Symposium
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Join us on our journey to define antisemitism. Why? Hate crimes against Jews have been on the rise over the past few years, and we believe that reaching an understanding of what antisemitism truly means is the first step in identifying ways to combat it. 

The agenda for our 3.5-hour virtual symposium includes: 

1. An in-depth exercise designed to 

  • explore the debates about the most widely adopted definition of antisemitism along with several alternatives;

  • evaluate the criticisms of the proposed definitions; and

  • consider the practical impact of having a definition and its uses.

2. Breakout sessions where attendees participate in discussions moderated by members of the DePaul College of Law Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies Advisory Board and provide input and feedback while examining the importance of defining antisemitism.

3. A closing keynote address, "The Importance of Defining Antisemitism," by Bret L. Stephens of The New York Times. 

Featured Speakers

DePaul College of Law is an accredited MCLE provider, and attorneys licensed in the State of Illinois may receive CLE credit for attending this program. The application is currently pending approval.

*Participants will receive a Zoom link just ahead of the event.*


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Past Events

2017-2018 Programs

Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: What is the Future of Religious Arbitration in America?
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Presenter: Michael J. Broyde, Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law Religion at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, and comparative religious law.
1.5 hours of Professional Responsibility – Diversity/Inclusion CLE offered.

Book Lecture: Making David into Goliath: How the West Turned Against Israel
Tuesday, February 6th, 8:00 pm at B’nai Tikvah
Dr. Joshua Muravchik, a renowned international affairs expert and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the World Affairs Institute in D.C.
1.25 hours of CLE offered.

Making David into Goliath: Has the Left Betrayed its Commitment to Human Rights and if so, What is to be Done About it?
Tuesday, February 6th, 11:45 am at DePaul
Dr. Joshua Muravchik, a renowned international affairs expert and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the World Affairs Institute in D.C.
1.25 hours of CLE offered.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 12:00 pm at 25 E. Jackson Blvd, Room 341: “How Anti-Israel Propaganda is Insinuated into Assigned School Materials: A Case Study.”
Toby Rosner and Professor Steven H. Resnicoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University.
1 hour of CLE will be offered.

The Gerald C. Bender Memorial Lecture - "The Israeli Supreme Court: A Force For or Against Democracy?”
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Steven Resnicoff, DePaul University, Professor of Law Director of JLJS Featured Speaker:
Rabbi Yona Reiss, JD, Av Bet Din, Chicago Rabbinical Council, and Robert W. Matanky, President of Matanky and Matanky, Ltd.
2 hours of CLE credit offered.

Between the Lines:  Voices of Israel, Stories Untold
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two inspiring young Israelis, Shir and Carlos, shared their stories – their struggles, their successes, and their hopes and dreams. They spoke about what it is actually like to live in a country that is the subject of so much discussion in the media and on campus.

Intersecting Identities: Black And Jewish In America 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Stacey Aviva Flint, the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator and member at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois

The First Amendment and Combating Antisemitism Online
Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Amy Stoken, Chicago Regional Director at American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Professor Steven H. Resnicoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University 1.5 units of CLE offered

2016-2017 Programs

How Political Correctness Chokes off Serious Debate
Sunday, May 7, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Raheel Raza, a leading global voice against Islamist extremism is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.

Ivory Tower Terror
Sunday, May 7, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Professor Steven Resnicoff, DePaul University College of Law Raheel Raza, President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow

US-Israel Relations 100 Days into the Trump Administration: Legal and Political Perspectives
Wednesday, April 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The program featured a presentation by Udi Sommer, the Israel Institute Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University of New York. He is a tenured senior faculty member at the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Israeli Young National Academy of Science. The program offered 1.5 units of CLE credit.
Video of the lecture can be found here.

DePaul University Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
Monday, April 24, 2016
7 p.m.
The Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies (JLJS) co-sponsored a Holocaust Remembrance Day event along with University Ministry, DePaul Jewish Life & Metro Chicago Hillel, and The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. The program featured testimony by two survivors of several concentration camps and the screening of a film entitled "Surviving Skokie."

Let There Be Water
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lecture by author, Seth M. Siegel
In Let There Be Water, author Seth M. Siegel tells the story of how Israel has been jumping ahead of the water-innovation curve for decades. As the world enters a long period of water scarcity, Israel is a model for what the world must do with its precious water resources. Siegel has been a strong voice for action before audiences around the world, advocating awareness before the water problem becomes a humanitarian crisis.
Video of the lecture can be found here.

The Sexual Trafficking of Humans in the U.S.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
11:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Donna Fishman, JCAST Chicago Heather Ross, Partner with Ross & Zuckerman, LLP Melissa Banerjee, CAASE
Video of the lecture can be found here.

Responding to Antisemitism in the UN (& other International Institutions): What Can America Do?
Tuesday, December 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
David Levitt, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (and member of JLJS Advisory Board) Professor Steven Resnicoff, DePaul University College of Law Amy Stoken, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee Michael Weil, Esq. Patent Attorney.

Religious Freedom Throughout the World
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Rabbi David N. Saperstein, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein is a principal advisor to the President and Secretary of State and serves as the United States’ chief diplomat on issues of religious freedom worldwide. He spoke on the work to promote religious freedom around the world and to fight religious persecution, discrimination, and genocide by groups like ISIS. 1.5 units of CLE credit was offered.
Video of the lecture can be found here.

Antisemitism in the Arab World: An Obstacle to Arab-Israeli Peace
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm.
DePaul University, College of Law
25 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 241, Chicago, IL 60604
Dr. Benny Morris, Professor of History, Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University, Dr. Salim Mansur, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario
Video of the lecture can be found here.

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