AEN Podcast Serial

AEN is pleased to introduce its podcast serial, which will feature interviews with scholars and thought leaders on issues of interest, including the BDS movement, anti-Zionism and antisemitism, academic freedom, and more.

Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

In our second podcast, AEN Senior Research Associate Linda Maizels interviews Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This podcast, excerpted from an earlier conversation, refers to the publication of Nelson's book, co-edited with Gabriel Brahm: The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel. Special thanks to the Israel Action Network (IAN), a joint project of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), for their assistance with this recording.

For another look at Cary Nelson's work, click here to read a pamphlet, entitled "Conspiracy Pedagogy on Campus: BDS Advocacy and Academic Freedom," taken from Nelson's keynote presentation at AEN's first National Conference.

David Hirsh, Lecturer, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

In our first podcast, AEN Executive Director Ken Waltzer interviews David Hirsh, a Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the founder of Engage, a campaign against academic boycotts of Israel. Hirsh explains how BDS, anti-Zionism, and antisemitism relate to one another, and how the political left and right often engage in the same defensive tropes.

The themes discussed in the podcast are similar to those brought up in Hirsh's keynote presentation at AEN's first National Conference. The edited presentation, entitled "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and Antisemitism" is now the first in AEN's pamphlet series and can be viewed here.