Austin Scholars run program on Antisemitism

Through film and discussion, hate and intolerance are confronted.

  • Austin Scholar RAs, listed alphabetically:Sam Berry '21, Mary Lavalle '20, Suhani Nandwana '21, N...
    Austin Scholar RAs, listed alphabetically:
    Sam Berry '21, Mary Lavalle '20, Suhani Nandwana '21, Nicholas Paolino '20, Brendan Spillane '21, and Garrett White '21

Under the guidance of Professor Joe Kelley, the Austin Scholars Resident Assistants (RAs) organized a program last month to highlight the rise of antisemitism across the world in the past few decades. To an audience of about 35 Austin Scholars, the RAs showed three separate short films, each approaching the topic from a different angle. The films illustrated the roots and causes of the recent surges of antisemitism across Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

After the films, the floor was opened to the Scholars to share their own experiences or knowledge of antisemitism, as well as hate and bigotry of all kinds. The students shared stories of their experiences in their own towns and cities, states, and their time at Merrimack College. Through the direction of the RAs, Professor Kelley, and the students themselves, there was an enriching conversation that opened a lot of minds to the signs of hate and how we can, as Americans, Austin Scholars, and human beings, combat hate and intolerance in our own lives and the spaces we inhabit.

Story by Austin Scholar Garrett White, ’21

View one film clip used in the program

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By Garrett White
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