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Yair Rosenberg Visits Duke, Discusses Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, the Media, and the Israel-Hamas War

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A Balanced Approach with Yair Rosenberg

On January 23, 2024 we hosted The Atlantic’s award-winning writer Yair Rosenberg at Duke. In a conversation moderated by recent Duke grad Niso Nahmiyas ’23, Rosenberg discussed antisemitism, anti-Zionism, the media, and the Israel-Hamas war.

At Duke, Rosenberg shared his own experience of learning of the October 7th Hamas terror attacks, talked about the differences and overlaps between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, interpersonal and conspiratorial varieties of antisemitism, and more.

Student leaders then had the opportunity to have dinner with Rosenberg over a thoughtful and nuanced discussion about antisemitism and the war as it relates to the college student experience. Students were lucky to also hear from Duke Professor Dan Ariely who provided insight from the field of behavioral economics about effective ways to engage in dialogue with people who disagree with you. 

Special thanks to Yair Rosenberg for coming back to Duke, Niso for moderating the conversation, and to our event sponsors: Jewish Life at Duke, Duke Center for Jewish Studies, and Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

About Yair Rosenberg

Yair Rosenberg is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers the intersection of politics, culture, and religion, and writes the Deep Shtetl newsletter. Previously a senior writer at Tablet Magazine, he has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, and his work has received awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies. Read his recent pieces in The Atlantic.

He has covered everything from national elections in America and Israel, to observant Jews in baseball, to the translation of Harry Potter into Yiddish, to Muslims and Jews in comic books, and in his spare time, he composes and sings original Jewish music and creates bots that troll anti-Semites on Twitter. 

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