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Kent State's Jewish Studies Program to Host Leonard Dinnerstein

Posted Jan, 19, 2010

Kent State University’s Jewish Studies Program is honored to host speaker Leonard Dinnerstein on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kent Student Center’s Kiva. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

Dinnerstein’s presentation, “Religion, Radicalism and Anti-Semitism in the United States,” will explore how Christian teachings led to anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States.

“We often think about and study the effects of anti-Semitism, but it’s also very important to look at where these ideas originated,” says Richard Steigmann-Gall, director of the Jewish Studies Program and associate professor of history at Kent State.  “Leonard has focused a considerable amount of his career to decoding the origins of anti-Semitism, so we are very lucky to be able to host him at Kent State to discuss his findings.”

Dinnerstein was born and bred in the Bronx. He attended the City College of New York and completed his graduate degree at Columbia University in New York City. He taught for 33 years in the history department at the University of Arizona before retiring in 2003. Among his published works are the books “The Leo Frank Case,” “America and the Survivors of the Holocaust” and “Anti-Semitism in America.”

For more information, please call 330-672-8924.

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Media Contacts:  
Richard Steigmann-Gall,, 330-672-8924
Kevin Brosien,, 330-672-8589