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Jews and Power

Ruth Wisse

Chair: Anthony Julius

28/02/2021 5:30 pm
Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

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Taking in everything from the Kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords, Harvard professor Ruth R. Wisse offers a radical new way to think about the Jewish relationship to power in her provocative book, part of the Jewish Encounters series. Although she sees hope in Israel, Wisse questions the way the strategies of the Diaspora continue to drive the Jewish state and draws a persuasive parallel to the United States today, as it struggles to figure out how a liberal democracy can face off against enemies who view Western morality as weakness. In conversation with lawyer and author Anthony Julius.

In Association with Jewish Renaissance and  the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Ruth Wisse


Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University emeritus. She is a noted scholar of Yiddish literature and of Jewish history and culture.

Anthony Julius


Anthony Julius is a lawyer, academic and author. His books include Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England. He is known among other things for his actions on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Deborah Lipstadt. He is deputy chairman of the London law firm Mishcon de Reya and holds the chair in Law and Arts in the Faculty of Laws at University College London. He is currently writing a book on censorship, which will be published by OUP in 2022.