“We Stand Against Hate” has been a campus fixture since spring 2017, featuring lectures, workshops, concerts, programs, and events that reflect Brooklyn College’s ongoing commitment to elevating dialogue, enhancing understanding and compassion, and celebrating the voices that make up our diverse campus community. Although COVID-19 protocols have prevented the college from hosting these important events in person, there are several free online events that are open to the public this spring.

SHIN DC III Annual Congressional Holocaust Commemoration Day

January 28, 1:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College and its Judaic Studies Department are proud to be a sponsor of SHIN DC III Annual Congressional Holocaust Commemoration Day. This event highlights underrepresented Jewish Holocaust communities, including Sephardic and Romaniote experiences, under this year’s theme, “Refugees of the Holocaust.” It will include examining the experiences of Sephardic and Ashkenazi refugees in Sephardic lands or communities of North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, the Balkans, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia.

Special guest Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, will tell his Sephardic family’s story of survival and the keynote speaker is Devin Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington.

For more information, e-mail Sephardic Heritage International DC at info@shindc.org.

“Black and Jewish Multicultural Identities, and Anti-Semitism”

February 4, 12:30 p.m.

“Black and Jewish Multicultural Identities, and Anti-Semitism” will explore the possibilities and meanings that arise when black and Jewish identities merge. This event will feature a lecture by Professor Katya Gibel Mevorach from Anthropology and American Studies at Grinnell College. Gibel Mevorach holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in African studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Gibel Mevorach is author of the books Black, Jewish and Interracial: It’s Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin and Other Myths of Identity, and she has also been published in several notable journals. She moved to Israel in 1970 after graduating from The Brearley School in New York and returned to the United States in 1991 to pursue doctoral studies. She was invited to join Grinnell College as a Scholar-in-Residence in January 1996.

Common Reader/The 1619 Project, With Author Robert Jones Jr. (’06, M.F.A ’08)

February 18, 6 p.m.

As part of the Common Reader/The 1619 Project organized by the Department of English, Robert Jones Jr. reads from his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Prophets. He will be introduced by Wadzanai Mhute, an M.F.A. student in creative writing at Brooklyn College.