Anti-Semitism at ASU and in Boone

Along with the ASU community, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies condemns the recent manifestations of anti-Semitism on our campus. We welcome and support the recent resolutions of the ASU Faculty Senate against racism. This said, the recent anti-Semitic propaganda in the form of stickers placed on various places across our campus and timed to coincide with the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays is particularly heinous and necessitate a separate response and extra steps. These stickers captured a range of visual anti-Semitic images and directly revived Nazi propaganda campaigns against alleged Jewish “mimicry.” Anti-Semitic stickers are hardly new and have been a popular tool of anti-Semites in Europe and the U.S. since the late nineteenth century. They are cheap, easily placed and quickly communicate hate-filled polemical messages to large audiences. While we recognize the importance of free speech and expression, it does not extend to hate speech, which creates a hostile campus environment and hurts members of our community. We call on the campus and broader communities not to be silent, but to speak out and confront these and other verbal and physical expressions of anti-Semitism at ASU and in the broader community. It is important to learn more about anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes and the continued damage done by them.

We call on the ASU administration, faculty, and student groups to reveal and address underlying anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobic and transphobic abuse, and more in whatever venue they deem appropriate. The Center will continue to offer assistance and organize educational events to this end. Other organizations, including ASU’s Hillel chapter, will do likewise. We also call on everyone to help make ASU and Boone places that are welcoming to Jewish students, faculty and staff and that support Jewish religious and cultural practices in their midst, especially during these Days of Awe. Hatred, verbal or even physical anti-Semitic onslaughts have no room at ASU and in Boone and cannot be tolerated. They violate the values and laws of this community. At the same time, we call on everyone to not just confront expressions of anti-Semitism, but all forms of racism and hatred that target many communities. Let us work for a better, more caring and supportive environment and culture that will support all of its members.

On behalf of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and its supporters,

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

Leon Levine Distinguished Professor and Director
Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies


Screening of Acclaimed Documentary on the Black Panther Party

black panthers movie posterASU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion along with the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invite the public to a screening of Stanley Nelson’s 2015 documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”

The screening will take place in I.G. Greer Hall, Room 119, on the ASU campus on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:00 pm. The event is free of charge and no tickets are required.

The screening is co-sponsored by ASU's Africana Studies Program, Black Staff and Faculty Association, Black Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural Student Development.


Guy MironProminent Holocaust Historian from Yad Vashem to Visit ASU

In early November, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and ASU will be host to Professor Guy Miron, one of Israel’s most prominent Holocaust scholars of the generation that followed the field’s founding cohort of Dan Michman, Yehuda Bauer and the late Israel Gutman. Guy Miron is Professor of Jewish History and Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies at the Open University of Israel. He is also the director of the Research Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Germany at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration in Jerusalem.

At ASU, Professor Miron will give an evening lecture entitled “Modern Jewish historiography – Between ‘Usable Past,’ National Narrative and the Trans-National Challenge.” It will take place at ASU’s Belk Library, Room 114, on Tuesday, November 1, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 2, Professor Miron and his work will also be at the center of the fall term’s first JHP Lunch Research Colloquium. The 2-hour colloquium will begin at 11:00 am. Attendance is free to ASU faculty, students, and staff, but an RSVP is required. A lunch (free of charge for participants) will be served. Click here to learn more.
To RSVP and for more information, please contact or call 828.262.2311.



The CAB and the Temple of the High Country Present:
"Talks from the Temple" by Dr. Simon Sibelman, former Director of the Center for JHP Studies

Simon SibelmanTo be held at the Temple of the High Country 
1043 West King Street, Boone

Wednesday, October 19
          5:30pm - "Who Are Jews?: What is Judaism?"

Thursday, October 20
         10:00am - "Anti-Semitism: The Longest Hatred"
          1:00pm - "The Righteous Gentiles of the Shoah"


Co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. 

For more information and to RSVP, email Suzanne Lasky Gerard at or Floris Leipzig at



 Fall 2016 Guest Speakers  

September 25

Christopher Browning

Prof. Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus, UNC Chapel Hill, one of the world's leading Holocaust historians

November 1-2

Guy Miron

Prof. Guy Miron, Open University of Israel/Yad Vashem/Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

November 15-16

Prof. Ruth von Bernuth

Prof. Ruth von Bernuth, Associate Professor of German and Head of UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Center for Jewish Studies




Click Here to See Photos of The 2016 Martin & Doris Rosen Holocaust Summer Symposium

15th annual martin and doris rosen summer symposium