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FROM ATONEMENT TO TOLERANCE: THE PARADOX OF CITIZENSHIP AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCE IN POST-HOLOCAUST GERMANY

Sultan Doughan

Wednesday December 12th, 12pm-2pm

Mandel Humanities Center Room 228

The notion of tolerance is generally hailed as the key civic virtue in liberal democracies. In German political discourse tolerance has become the key component in regulating and disciplining members of immigrant communities as Muslims. This talk unsettles the popular binary of religiosity versus secularity by examining how the notion of Christian atonement has become the condition for secular tolerance in the German national context by drawing on more than two years of ethnographic work in the field of civic education in Berlin.

Sultan Doughan is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary site of inquiry is located in the field of civic education in Berlin, Germany. In her dissertation titled Teaching Tolerance: Citizenship, Religious Difference, and Race in Germany, she conceptualizes the post-Holocaust as a time of racelessness in which contemporary forms of racialization are naturalized. By doing so, she problematizes the asymmetrical relations among subjects categorized as Jewish and Muslim vis-à-vis Germans in the face of rising nationalism.

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ECHOES OF THE HOLOCAUST - WITNESS: ELIE WIESEL AS TEACHER, MENTOR, AND FRIEND

Cover of Ariel Burger's book Witness.

Tuesday January 22nd 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Usdan International Lounge

Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age fifteen. They studied together and taught together. In his recently published book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, Burger describes the unexpected ways that Elie Wiesel communicated the Holocaust’s universal lessons to his students. Using as a backdrop, his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher, Burger chronicles the intimate conversations between them over decades as he sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith.


At this community event, Burger will share his experiences as he observed Wiesel teach what it means to be human, modeling humanity and compassion for the others in this complex world. We will explore how Wiesel used his own experiences to support those who were suffering around the world, and how he utilized the power of empathy and masterful teaching to encourage his students to change the course of history.

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