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Symposium on the Swastika Set for Susquehanna

Published on January 27, 2014

The Jewish Studies Program at Susquehanna University will sponsor a symposium and public discussion exploring The Swastika: History, Meanings, Uses on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Benjamin Apple Dining Rooms of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.Jewish Studies

The symposium is a response to incidents on campus and in the Central Susquehanna Valley over the past two years in which vandals used the swastika to express anti-Semitic views or hatred of minorities. The event is free and open to the public.

Laurence Roth, professor of English and director of Jewish studies, will moderate the symposium and the public discussion that follows. He will be joined by David Imhoof, associate professor and chair of the Department of History; Lissa Skitolsky, associate professor of philosophy; Rabbi Kate Palley, Susquehanna’s director of Jewish life; and Rabbi Nina Mandel from Congregation Beth El in nearby Sunbury. Carly Husick, a junior creative writing and political science major, will also participate.

The speakers will reflect on the history and evolution of the swastika, their personal responses to the hatred that the symbol implies, and the philosophical, social and political questions it raises about the power of language and symbols that marginalize and injure minorities.

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