Do Jews Have a Future at the American University?

May 20, 2020 | Tikvah Fund
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In 2015, Mosaic took stock of the problem of anti-Semitism on college campuses, much of it tied to the anti-Israel agenda of the academic left. In the last five years, not much has improved, then-inchoate challenges have surfaced,and new dilemmas have emerged. The Tikvah Fund is convening a series of discussions to help Jewish parents, Jewish students, and Jewish educators think through Jewish life and learning on campus:

Is the American Jewish love affair with elite colleges coming to an end? Why have so many of American universities tolerated anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and how should embattled college students respond? Does university culture strengthen or undermine Jewish identity and Jewish faith? Now, with the COVID-19 crisis in full-force, the American model of higher education may be facing its greatest disruption in a generation: the dorms have closed, the classrooms have moved to computer screens, and many students and families are wondering: what does this all mean? And could this be a moment when Jews—and all Americans—rethink and renew the higher learning in America?

Tikvah is pleased to announce a multi-part “townhall series” on the future of college assessed, analyzed, and debated from a Jewish perspective. We will be joined by some of America’s leading educators and experts—such as Jonathan Haidt, Alyza Lewin, and Ruth Wisse.

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