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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” series: Signature lecture by Ken Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Kenneth S. Stern, director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of Hate, is an author and attorney. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S. delegation to the Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance.

Stern was part of the defense team in the historic Holocaust denial case of David Irving vs. Deborah Lipstadt. He was counsel for American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, and his resulting book, Loud Hawk: The United States vs. The American Indian Movement, won the Gustave Myers Center Award as outstanding book on human rights. His book about the Oklahoma City bombing – A Force Upon The Plain: The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate – was nominated for the National Book award. His other books are Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism Today. His forthcoming book is titled The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate. Stern’s op-eds have appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostUSA TodayThe Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and elsewhere. Stern has appeared on the CBS Evening NewsDatelineGood Morning AmericaFace the Nation, the History Channel, PBS, and on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered.


For more information, please visit here. This initiative is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office in conjunction with the College’s Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Center for European Studies, as well as UNC Global. Questions may be addressed to:

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

UNC Chapel Hill


November 7, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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