The Connecticut Psychological Association Social Justice Speaker Series Presents:
Antisemitism: Why Does It Happen? And What To Do About It
Presenter: Dr. Caroline Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman will discuss the underlying root motives of antisemitism and why it happens. In addition, she will discuss the various ways we, as professionals, can help combat it and advocate on behalf of our clients.
Presenter: Caroline C. Kaufman,PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow in the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology, with child and adolescent psychology focus, from the University of Memphis. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital in their Intensive outpatient program for adolescents and the pediatric Yale Gender Program. Dr. Kaufman’s research interests are in the intersection of spirituality, adversity, and mental health. She conceptualizes adversity broadly and is particularly interested in how spirituality may buffer against the impact of adversity on negative mental health outcomes. Her research also examines measurement of antisemitism in contemporary society and experimental settings. Dr. Kaufman is the program chair of Division 36 of the American Psychological Association and a member of Division 36’s SocialJustice Task Force.
- Describe 3 modern manifestations of systemic and interpersonal antisemitism.
- Explain at least 2 consequences of antisemitism and this phenomenon’s relationship with other forms of prejudice in the United States.
- Describe how considerations of antisemitism may manifest in at least 1 each for diversity-, justice-, and equity-informed spaces.
- Identify 3 strategies to address systemic and interpersonal antisemitism.
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Kofta, M., Soral, W., & Bilewicz, M. (2020). What breeds conspiracy antisemitism? The role of political uncontrollability and uncertainty in the belief in Jewish conspiracy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118(5), 900.
Kressel, N. J., & Kressel, S. W. (2016). Trends in the psychological study of contemporary antisemitism: Conceptual issues and empirical evidence. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38(2), 111-126.