About the Event
After a successful inaugural Brown Bag lunch with Professor Moran Stern in which students discussed the 2019 Israeli elections, the Center for Jewish Civilization held its next installment of the popular series. On October 16, Professor Andrej Umansky discussed anti-Semitism in North America and Europe with CJC students in an emergency Brown Bag lunch inspired by the tragic Halle synagogue shooting, which took place on the 9th of October. Umansky paid special attention to the complex politics of Germany, educating students about political and economic disparities between the country’s east and west regions. Specifically, Professor Umansky stressed that relatively high unemployment rates in eastern Germany are a determinant of the resurgence of far-right and anti-Semitic sentiments in the region. Furthermore, Umansky noted a lack of policy responses to the problem of anti-Semitism in Germany. Similar themes were explored in CJC’s Professor Danielle Pletka’s October 17 Andrew H. Siegal Memorial Lecture, “The Bystander Effect: When Bad Things Happen in the World and No One Cares.”
There is more to come from the CJC’s Brown Bag Lunch Series–– stay tuned, students!
About the Professor
Andrej Umansky is the Center for Jewish Civilization’s Braman Post-Doctoral Fellow. Additionally, Professor Umansky also serves on the Board of Directors of Yahad in Unum. As a member of the leadership team at Yahad, Mr. Umansky works to advance the mission of the organization through forensic investigation, academia, and community engagement.