Antisemitism and Admissions at Stanford University
A deep dive into the archival record confirmed what many had long suspected: that Stanford took steps to limit the number of Jewish students that it enrolled.
But it also surfaced aspects of a more complex story about antisemitism in American culture, even during the heyday of “tri-faith America.”
The integration of Jews into the university is one of the great success stories of modern American culture and Jewish life. Penn was at the forefront of this success story, with the first Jewish Students’ Association formed here in 1924. But recent events at Penn and at other campuses have led to accusations that the university has been too tolerant of antisemitism and become less welcoming to Jews. This series of lectures is an effort to share insights from history, sociology, education studies, and other fields that can help put the present moment into context and provide understanding far deeper than what social media conveys.
Ari Y. Kelman is the Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He focuses on the dynamics of religious knowledge production among twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Jews.
This program was made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation. Cosponsored by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.
The Herbert D. Katz Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.