Understanding and Challenging Antisemitism

Friday, November 30, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Is antisemitism prevalent enough among millennials or society to warrant class discussion? What does modern antisemitism look like? Is criticism of Israel antisemitism? Isn't there legislation to fight antisemitism on our campus? What should I be doing about antisemitism?

To help educators deal with questions like these, we will address issues of awareness (have I been exposed to antisemitic ideas or stereotypes?), content (what are the key elements of antisemitism and its history?), and teaching (how can I engage issues around antisemitism proactively or when they emerge?)

This workshop poses real world scenarios for participants to discuss in small groups. Groups will collaboratively discuss events that occurred in educational settings and the responses of the educators. Based on information provided, groups can construct single or multiple responses to the event. This focus on active knowledge linked to practice will hopefully create an important dialogue centered around challenging antisemitism.



Meir Muller
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education
Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education

Meir Muller has earned rabbinical ordination as well as a doctorate in the area of early childhood education. Muller serves as an assistant professor in the College of Education. His research interests include cultural relevant pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, constructivist theory and Jewish early childhood education. In 2016 he was awarded the Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award by National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education. Recently Muller has served as lead author of South Carolina’s early childhood state standards and is part of a team of educators developing curricula that prepare European teachers to address bias, prejudice and anti-Semitism. Muller is also in his 27th year as head of the Cutler Jewish Day School, a NAEYC accredited school for children birth through the fifth grade.