Professor Sander Gilman to speak at Leeds

Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University, is to give this year's Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture on 3 October.

Professor Gilman will talk on the subject of "Why the Jews are the smartest people in the universe and why this is a bad thing": claims about Jewish intellectual superiority surface regularly even in the 21st century. Modern genetics, it is claimed, proves that Jews are smart and that this is a singular component of being Jewish. It can't be a bad thing to be smart. Or can it? In this lecture, Professor Gilman will explore the possibility that this claim, which has the appearance of philosemitism, is in fact a form of anti-semitism - the more insidious for traditionally masking itself as being supportive of the Jews as an imagined collective.

The lecture will be given in conjunction with the Antisemitism in Contemporary Culture project, supported by the Burton Family Charitable Trust.

The lecture will take place:

On:  Monday 3 October 2011

At:   6pm

In:   Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building

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