Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education

The educational opportunities made possible by The Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment are designed to foster understanding, and to disseminate knowledge, about the causes and conditions that foster genocides, including the Holocaust and to generate public awareness about the danger of authoritarian, totalitarian and nationalistic regimes to the future of humanity.

The Lowe Family Conference

Jewish-Muslim relations through the ages:
co-existence and conflict

Sunday, October 17, 2021
10 a.m.–6 p.m. (MST) via Zoom
free and open to all

Since the rise of Islam in the seventh century, Jews and Muslims have lived in close proximity, collaborating, interacting and cross-influencing each other. This conference examines the development of Jewish-Muslim interaction over time, with special attention to the difference between pre-modern and modern periods, and highlighting the confluence of social, economic, political, cultural, and religious dimensions. The conference contends that understanding the past is conducive to addressing the challenges of the present and the future. World-renowned historians, sociologists and scholars of religious studies will examine the past and present of Jewish-Muslim relations.

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morning sessions

10–10:15 a.m.    
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Director, ASU Jewish Studies

Jeffrey Cohen
Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University

Ronald E. Lowe

10:15–11:30 a.m.     
Jewish Life among the Muslims in the Middle Ages
Mark R. Cohen

Princeton University 

Eve Krakowski
Princeton University

11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m.    
Jews and Muslims in the Early-Modern Period:
Continuity and Change 

Yaron Ayalon
College of Charleston 

Matthias Lehmann
University of California-Irvine 

afternoon sessions

12:45–2 p.m.    
Jews and Muslim Communities in Contemporary Europe 
Gunther Jikeli

Indiana University 

Alejandro Baer
University of Minnesota

2–3:15 p.m.     
Jews and Muslims in Modernity: 
Colonialism and Nationalism

Jessica Marglin

University of Southern California 

Lior Sternfeld
Penn State University 

3:15–4:30 p.m.    
The Quran and Jewish-Muslim Relations Today
Reuven Firestone

Hebrew Union College 

Gabriel Reynolds
University of Notre Dame 

4:30–5:45 p.m.
Jews and Muslims in the Academy 
Aaron Hughes

University of Rochester

Emran El-Badawi
University of Houston 

5:45–6 p.m.    
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Arizona State University

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The Lowe Family Lecture

The silence of the Pope: Pius XII and the SS roundup of Rome’s Jews

David Kertzer
Brown University

February 22, 2022
7 p.m. | via Zoom and in person at the Martin Pear JCC
12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale | Room 218-219
registration required

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In October 16, 1943, German SS officers surprised over a thousand of Rome’s Jews in their homes and brought them to a military college a few hundred yards from the Vatican. Great controversy has surrounded what the pope did over the following two days before the Jews were loaded onto a train that would take them directly to Auschwitz. Based upon Vatican archives for the papacy of Pius XII — which were finally opened to scholars in 2020 — learn the complete, inside story for the first time.

organized by ASU Jewish Studies

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  • Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment

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Previous Lowe Events

spring 2021

January 25, 2021

The Lowe Family Research Workshop

Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective: Recent Trends and Research Frontiers

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents and the growth of anti-Semitic attitudes around the world. New research estimates more than a quarter of the world—1.09 billion people out of more than 4.1 billion people surveyed—harbors anti-Semitic attitudes. This workshop—organized by David Siroky and Lenka Bustikova of the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University—brings together leading scholars from around the globe to discuss the frontiers in the study of anti-Semitism and to debate critical factors that influence where and when ethnoreligious groups, and Jews in particular, are likely to be targeted and viewed with prejudice.

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February 17, 2020

Lowe Family Lecture

Anti-Semitism, Fascism and Populism

Federico Finchelstein
The New School for Social Research

Addressing the historical relationship between fascism and populism with a special focus on their similarities and differences vis-a-vis racism and antisemitism. If fascism (in countries like Germany and Italy) arrived to power by democratic means and then destroyed democracy from within and created extreme racist dictatorships; early post war-populists Latin American populists, like Getulio Vargas in Brazil and Peronism Argentina, were dictators that renounced dictatorships and racism, creating new populist democracies. This used to be a key distinction between populism and racism. And yet, in the new populism of the extreme right racism has returned making them closer to fascism than ever before.

Federico Finchelstein is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. He has taught at the History Department of Brown University and he received his PhD at Cornell University. He is Director of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at NSSR, and the author of numerous books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe. His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Hungarian, Korean and Turkish.


March 18, 2019

Lowe Family Lecture

Refuseniks & Rights Defenders: Jews & the Soviet Dissident Movement

Benjamin Nathans
University of Pennsylvania

The exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union transformed the Jewish landscape on three continents and has been called the preeminent case of Jewish human rights activism. It is often identified — and confused — with the Soviet dissident movement and the struggle for rights in Russia. What brought the two movements together — and what kept them apart? This talk explores the ideas, the people, and the politics that animated the most consequential forms of resistance to the 20th century’s longest-lived experiment in totalitarian rule, and their consequences for the world today.

Benjamin Nathans is associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern Russia, the Soviet Union, modern Jewish history, and the history of human rights. His multiple prizewinning book Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. He is currently completing a work titled To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause: A History of the Soviet Dissident Movement, and a co-edited volume, From Europe’s East to the Middle East: Israel’s Russian and Polish Lineages.


November 1, 2018

Lowe Family Lecture

The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

Yuri Slezkine
University of California, Berkeley

This lecture followed the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the apocalyptic sect known as “the party of a new type” to the time most of them were arrested for terrorism and treason. It will focus on the connection between private lives and millenarian expectations and attempt to clarify the reasons for socialism’s premature demise.

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include: The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2017); The Jewish Century (Princeton University Press, 2004), which won the National Jewish Book Award; and Arctic Mirrors: Russian and the Small Peoples of the North (Cornell University Press), 1984.  Slezkine has been a visiting lecturer at Oxford University and Vassar College, and has received fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), among others.