Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice
April 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Eric K. Ward (Western States Center) in conversation with Michael Rothberg (UCLA).
How are the historical experiences of the Black and Jewish communities at once distinct and interconnected? Should we see efforts to combat racism and antisemitism as separate struggles? What are African Americans’ and Jews’ responsibilities to one another in America’s current racial reckoning? In this conversation, Eric K. Ward, a leading expert on the relationship between racism, antisemitism, and authoritarian movements; and Michael Rothberg, an eminent scholar of historical exclusion and its legacies, will tackle these questions and other pressing matters in contemporary Black-Jewish relations. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Tina Sacks of the School of Social Welfare.
Michael Rothberg is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where he holds the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies. His first book was Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Stanford UP, 2009). Offering a powerful new framework for the relationship between the collective memories of two of the great traumas of the twentieth century, the book has had a path-breaking impact in Holocaust studies and memory studies. His most recent book, The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators (Stanford UP, 2020) is a far-reaching and penetrating analysis of what it means to be implicated in systems of injustice, both historical and current.
Tina Sacks is an assistant professor in UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. An expert on racial inequities in health, social determinants of health, and poverty and inequality, she is the author of Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford, 2019). She has written powerfully about the way that her Black and Jewish roots shaped her sensitivity to systems of discrimination and violence.