For release: February 13, 2009
For press information, contact Jonathan Judaken, 901-488-7475
Dr. Gil Anidjar will discuss the “new anti-Semitism” Thursday, February 26, in the
Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123, on the University of Memphis campus. A reception
will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30. Admission is free and open
to the public.
Dr. Gil Anidjar
Anidjar was named by conservative watchdog David Horowitz as one of the “101 most
dangerous professors in America.” In his work, he consistently thinks the role of
Jews and Arabs side by side, with the result that many conventional clichés about
both are called into question. His work has helped scholars re-examine European identity,
the role of religion, the history of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Orientalism,
His talk, “When Killers Become Victims: Anti-Semitism and its Critics,” is part of
Anidjar’s effort to reorient discussions of the new anti-Semitism that have emerged
since the Second Intifada and post 9/11 involving the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Gil Anidjar is an associate professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages
and Cultures and the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He holds a PhD
in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Anidjar is
the author of three major monographs: ‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters;
The Jew, the Arab: A History of he Enemy; and Semites: Race, Religion, Literature. He also is the editor of Jacques Derrida: Acts of Religion.
The Fogelman Executive Center is located on Central Avenue at the corner of Innovation
Drive. Parking is available in the adjacent Fogelman garage or the Central Avenue
The event is presented by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, in conjunction
with Bornblum Judaic Studies. For more information about the events or programs of
the Marcus W. Orr Center, visit http://cas.memphis.edu/isc/moch
For questions specific to this event, call Jonathan Judaken at 901-488-7475.