Challenging Antisemitism: Lessons from Literacy Classrooms provides theoretical framing and historical context for understanding contemporary antisemitism and offers teachers curricular ideas and practical strategies to address antisemitism and amplify Jewish voices in secondary and post-secondary literacy classrooms.
Mara Lee Grayson is the author of Teaching Racial Literacy: Reflective Practices for Critical Writing, Race Talk in the Age of the Trigger Warning: Recognizing and Challenging Classroom Cultures of Silence, and Antisemitism and the White Supremacist Imaginary: Conflations and Contradictions in Composition and Rhetoric. She works as an associate professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Judith Chriqui Benchimol is a college composition and English education lecturer with Sephardic Jewish roots. She holds a Masters degree in Life Writing from University of East Anglia and is presently a Ph.D. candidate and nonfiction writing lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Introduction to the Collection: Why Is It So Hard to Talk about Antisemitism?
Mara Lee Grayson & Judith Chriqui Benchimol
Chapter 1: The Study of Comedic Rhetoric as an Antidote to Antisemitism
Chapter 2: Repairing the World: Raising Awareness through Social Justice Action in the English Classroom
Chapter 3: Avoiding Conflation, Deflection, and Distraction: Untangling Antisemitism from Zionism and Anti-Zionism
Mara Lee Grayson
Chapter 4: Community Engagement Positionality Statements: An Introduction
Chapter 5: Expanding a Pedagogy of Identity
Chapter 6: Teaching the Past to Protect the Future: Degenerate Art as a Modern-Day Cultural Warning
Cheryl Hogue Smith
Chapter 7: Representations of the Holocaust and Connected Histories
Chapter 8: Teaching Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. in the Predominantly White, Catholic College Classroom
Maureen Daniels Akerib
Chapter 9: Jewish Experiences That Move Beyond Holocaust Narratives: A Resource For English Teachers
Judith Chriqui Benchimol
About the Contributors
Challenging Antisemitism: Lessons from Literacy Classrooms provides secondary and university teachers with insightful perspective, language, understanding, and practical resources for addressing antisemitism endemic throughout the curriculum, the texts used in schools, pedagogy, and classroom interaction. With the publication of Challenging Antisemitism, never again can educators say they did not know how antisemitism is woven into the fabric of education; never again can they say they do not know how to rend its invisibility; never again can they say that the pursuit of social justice in education can eschew challenging antisemitism.
This collection from Grayson and Benchimol could not be more timely. As the visibility of antisemitism has risen in recent years, many educators and activists struggle to comprehend the nuances and diversity of Jewish history and the Jewish community. The topics outlined in this book shed light on these complexities, ranging from history to present day. Whether or not you are a Jewish educator or teach Jewish students, this is a necessary read for anyone interested in DEI work.