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From Skokie to Charlottesville: American Antisemitism in Court

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 6:00 PM

Hillman Hall, 70
6387 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, USA

The recent Charlottesville trial of White Supremacists for organizing a violent 2017 rally raised the specter of another famous American court case, the 1977 Skokie Affair, when the U.S. Supreme Court permitted neo-Nazis to march in the town home to the largest American community of Holocaust survivors. Each case raised profound questions about free speech and hate speech, race and religion. In this lecture, historian and author James Loeffler, who covered the Charlottesville trial for The Atlantic, will compare the cases and discuss what they reveal about the role of law in the struggle against antisemitism.

Jordan and Lorraine Cherrick of St. Louis, Missouri, established the Adam Cherrick Fund in memory of their son in 1989, with the purpose of advancing Jewish studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Since its inception, the Adam Cherrick Fund has benefitted the university community and St. Louis at large by bringing world-renowned scholars to speak on campus.

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Prof. James Loeffler, University of Virginia
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