Monday, November 23, 2015

"Conversation on Israel/Palestine" - a "Dialogue Across Differences" Panel at Vassar

Prof. Landau
Imam Antepli
Prof. Yehezkel Landau, Associate Professor of Interfaith Relations and Director of the Building Abrahamic Partnerships program at Hartford Seminary (CT), and Imam Abdullah Antepli, adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, gave a joint presentation on November 12 described as a "Conversation about Israel/Palestine."  This event was sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL), the RSL Forum for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Africana Studies, Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion.  It was developed as part of the “Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences,” initiative created by President Hill to encourage civil and open discussion of contentious issues on campus.

Ziva Dahl, FTI Core Council member, attended the presentation and wrote a detailed report, which can be found here.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Perilous Position of Being Jewish and Pro-Israel at Vassar College

Last week, FTI's Ziva Dahl published an op-ed on the challenges that Jewish and pro-Israel students face at Vassar.  Her article has been picked up by a number of news outlets, including this one.  (You may notice that Alan Dershowitz, in his NY Post op-ed today, clearly used Ziva's piece as a source for his reference to Vassar.)

Safe spaces for hypocrisy: The dangerous sensitivity double-standards at play on America's college campuses

Alan Dershowitz has an op-ed in today's New York Daily News, discussing the glaring double standards employed by activists on college campuses today when it comes to "safe spaces" and free speech for Jewish students.  He cites Vassar as a prime example.