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Hate and violence on the rise: Is history repeating itself?

In this Q&A and podcast episode, experts convene to discuss how the anti-Semitism, violence, and fascist rhetoric of today do—and do not—echo the past.

Watching the news conveys the sense that acts of violence—particularly violence inspired by bigotry and hate—are on the rise. Unfortunately, the numbers seem to back that up.

The FBI recently released a report showing that anti-Semitic crime incidents targeting Jewish people and Jewish institutions in the US spiked about 37 percent between 2016 and 2017.

“From my perspective, what is going on is the revival of fascism as a viable political ideology in and around the world today.”

Here, University of Rochester faculty—Nora Rubel, professor of Jewish studies and chair of the department of religion and classics, Thomas Fleischman, assistant professor of history, and Laura Elenbaas, assistant professor of psychology—discuss hate and intolerance with Jim Ver Steeg of university communications.

Together, they talk about reactions to recent incidents of hate, important lessons from history, and the psychology of stereotypes and intolerance.

Listen to the full conversation:

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