Yale to Launch New Anti-Semitism Program
06/20/11
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Yale University is launching a new program for the study of anti-Semitism, the school's provost said in a statement.

Monday's announcement by Peter Salovey of the creation of the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism comes less than three weeks after the university said the Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism would be disbanded at the end of the summer for failing to promote sufficient research and instruction opportunities.

Salovey said that in the wake of that decision, a group of faculty members interested in creating a new initiative to study anti-Semitism came forward.

The Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism will be sponsored by the university's Whitney Humanities Center, he said.

 

 

 

"YPSA will encourage serious scholarly discourse and collaborative research focused on anti-Semitism, one of the world’s oldest and most enduring prejudices, in all its forms," the provost said.

The shuttering of the earlier program had garnered international attention and drew protests from a number of Jewish groups.

YPSA will host visiting speakers and hold conferences, and students and faculty will be eligible to apply for research funding.

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I hope there will be independent scholarly scrutiny and analysis of both the "old" and "new" institutes at Yale and the sequence of events that led to the closing of the former and the proposing of the latter. Why did the announcement of the "new" come only after the controversy arose about the closing of the "old"?

Congratulations Yale University, when countries like the UK is discontinuing any mention of the Holocaust in their schools in fear of offending their Moslem population , then i applaud your fresh outlook in scheduling classes to study the ancient curse of Anti-semitism. Thank you so very much, a Holocaust Survivor

My guess is that, unlike the just-ended program, which actually concentrated on real antisemitism and espoused (HORROR!!!!) a pro-Israel attitude, the new program will conform to the politically-correct requirements of the modern academy. You know, endless denunciations of Israel, attacks on those Jews who actually wish to preserve our heritage, etc., in other words, a program of which J-Street members, readers of the Forward, and academics suffering from recto-cranial inversion can be proud.

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