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Since August 2020, six scholars from diverse fields
have been collaborating in USC Shoah Foundation's inaugural Scholar Lab to address the
question, “Why the Jews?” This fall, in a series of three
events, the scholars will present their individual research projects and
discuss their findings.
MacArthur Grant-winner Dr. Josh Kunof USC
will present commentary, music and archival recordings in a presentation that explores the Nazi’s use of music as a soundtrack
UCLA’s Dr. Todd Presner, winner of the Digital Media and Learning Prize from
the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC, will present a computational
analysis of the language survivors use to describe antisemitism in Visual History Archive testimony.
Moderated by Dr. Alexis Lerner, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the
United States Naval Academy
Image of a
1944 SS retreat that inspired Josh Kun's research. Copyright by
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Anonymous Donor.
Photograph Number: 34768.
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Professor of
Religious Studies and Director of The Holocaust, Genocide, and
Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, examines
antisemitism in the Arab world.
Dr. Sara Lipton, Professor of History at SUNY Stonybrook University
and author of Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish
Iconography, presents her findings on the representations of Jews
in medieval Christian sermons.
"I think that the Shoah
Foundation did a great job of bringing a progressive approach to an
ancient topic, of not wanting to repeat what's been said and written but bringing together different people who have different beliefs and
different approaches to understanding how antisemitism moves through
the world and how it is used." – Josh Kun, Professor and Chair
of Cross-Cultural Communication at USC’s Annenberg School of
Communication and Journalism.