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No One Controls the World: The Nefarious Origins and Dangerous Outcomes of Anti-Jewish Tropes

From speculation about Jewish space lasers to complaints about George Soros’ influence to the Colleyville hostage-taker’s certainty that a New York rabbi could intervene on behalf of a Federal prisoner, the subtext that Jewish people have disproportionate control in the world—to the point of mastery over nature!—is common on all points of the political spectrum.

Experts in the history and sociology of antisemitism participated in a panel discussion moderated by Associate Professor Maxine Grossman (ARHU/JWST), exploring the origin, history, and ongoing endurance of antisemitic tropes that continue to surface as unexamined microaggressions, intentional dogwhistles and sometimes outright violence against Jewish people and their allies. Co-sponsored by the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies and the College of Arts and Humanities.


  • Dr. Steven Luckert, Senior Program Curator, Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Dr. Bruce D. Haynes, Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Magda Teter, Professor of History, The Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University
  • Dr. Maxine Grossman (moderator), Director & Associate Professor, The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland



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