Scapegoating Topic of Panel Discussion

March 16, 2016 Newton $15.00 - $18.00 0

Barring Muslims from the U.S. has been a highly-charged topic of public discourse of late. This shocking escalation of rhetoric points to a larger global epidemic of scapegoating and xenophobia. How does scapegoating become epidemic? How do we keep fear and concern from manifesting as violence and the abandonment of civil liberties? A panel of experts will look at the personal, the policy and the politics surrounding this complex issue on Wednesday, March 16 (7:30pm) at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton St.) in Newton. Moderating the conversation will be Dr. Aleisa Fishman, a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and curator of the Museum’s podcast interview series Confronting Hatred. Panelists are:

• Dr. Donna Hicks is a bestselling author (Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict) who has facilitated dialogues in unofficial diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Libya and Syria. She is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
• Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic lost a home, a husband, two beloved brothers and her right arm all before turning 20. She was the first Bosnian refugee granted permission to seek medical care in America. She is now an author, wife, mother, businesswoman, and human rights advocate.
• Ken Gude is a Senior Fellow with the National Security Team at American Progress. He is an expert on the intersection of law and security in the fight against terrorism.

Scapegoating: And Then They Came For Me is part of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series at the JCC – a program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. Event is held in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves. Tickets are $18. Contact 617-965-5226, or visit

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Leventhal-Sidman Center
333 Nahanton St
Newton, MA 02459
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