David L. Bernstein
SUNY Orange, Middletown Campus
115 South St. Middletown
- Monday October 16th, 7-8:30pm
Discussion with the author, open to the entire community
- Tuesday October 17th 3-4:30pm
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In May 2021, amid another conflict with Iran-backed Hamas, Israel took a beating in both the mainstream press and social media. Notwithstanding the rocket fire aimed at its citizens, the Jewish state was portrayed as the oppressor and the Hamas government as the oppressed. While Israel has always been subject to excessive scrutiny, this time was different. What had changed in the ideological environment? A veteran Jewish advocacy leader and self-described liberal who has broken with the far left over the adoption of woke ideology, David L. Bernstein traces the growth of woke ideology in his life and career from a remote academic study to an international post-colonialist movement, then a faddish campus ideology, morphing into corporate diversity programs to a dominant ideology in mainstream institutions, including many Jewish organizations. Bernstein shows how core ideological tenets — such as privilege, equity, whiteness, and the oppressor/oppressed binary — can be and are weaponized against Jews.