Anti-Semitism and a Defense Against Hatred in America

Sat. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Pulitzer Prizes in support of "Democracy and the Informed Citizen"


Jonathan Weisman, journalist and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, will discuss his book and Judaism, hate, the rise of white nationalism, and how we can fight anti-Semitism in America. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Defiance propels Weisman’s urgent, timely narration of how a few fringe leaders galvanized a Twitter army that, despite its insignificant number, broke wide open an ugly strain of anti-Semitism whose tentacles have reached even into the White House.” —Jane Eisner, The Washington Post

“It is the advent of Trumpian politics — its nonstop carnival of paranoia; its scapegoating of Hispanics and African-Americans; its anti-immigrant phobia—that has rung Weisman’s alarm bells, which accounts for his subtitle: “Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump.” More sinister for him than the foaming lunacies of the neo-Nazis is the alt-right’s embrace of conspiracy theorists; the routine mutation of fantasy into fact; the appetite for seeing secret hands (George Soros for instance) at work in plots to undermine America—all of which have a whiff of late Weimar about them, not to mention the long history of populist anti-Semitism in the United States.” —Simon Schama, The New York Times

“With eloquence and poignancy Weisman shows how hatred can slowly and quietly chew away at the moral fabric of society. We now live in an age where more than ever bigotry and oppression no longer need to hide in fear of reproach. The floodgates have opened. This is much more than a personal response to the bigotry he experienced because of his Jewishness; Weisman has written a manifesto that outlines the dangers of marginalizing and demonizing all minority groups. This powerful book is for all of us.” —Michael Eric Dyson