HAT Monthly Meeting, Sat Jan 11, 2014. 1:30-3pm "Anti Semitism", Martin Klein

DATE: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, Room TBD
SPEAKER:  Dr. Martin Klein, “Anti-Semitism from a Personal Perspective”

Martin Klein was born in New York in 1934 and grew up in the New York area in the 1940s and 1950s, a time of cultural change. In the late 50s, he became interested in Africa and wrote a thesis at the University of Chicago on French colonialism in Senegal. He has since taught African history, first at the University of California in Berkeley and, since 1970, at the University of Toronto. He retired in 1999, but has remained active in research and writing. He has written three books and edited seven. His work is mostly about slavery and the slave trade, but he has also written about Islam and colonial rule.

Dr. Martin Klein will talk about growing up Jewish in New York during the 1940s and then about how he became aware of larger patterns of racism, stigmatization and discrimination. He will then analyze how anti-Semitism differs from other forms of racism and why they persist in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.