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Spotlight for the week of April 4

Rhodes College

This week, Communities in Conversation at Rhodes College is hosting an event focusing on two frequent acts of discrimination that have increased nationally and globally since 9/11: Anti-semitism and Islamophobia. Two experts, Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, a Muslim scholar and director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, and Dr. Ethan Katz, an Orthodox Jew and award-winning historian at UC Berkeley, will present their own scholarship before entering into dialogue and then inviting the audience to participate.

This event,“How to Fight Anti-semitism and Islamophobia” continues the lecture series on antiracism that Communites in Conversation has been fostering over the past few years. Join these speakers and the Rhodes Community as they historicize and analyze how these racisms overlap and diverge as well as how to do the antiracist work of dismantling both.

The event takes place in Hardie Auditorium on Rhodes campus on Thursday April 7th. The event begins at 6 p.m. sharp with a reception prior. A livestream will also be available on the Rhodes homepage at rhodes.edu.

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Dr. Laura Loth is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the French and Francophone Studies program at Rhodes College. She teaches courses in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and cinema. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. You can email her at lothl@rhodes.edu