Rosenthal to talk on combating Anti-Semitism

Hannah Rosenthal, who recently led the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, will give a free public lecture on The Enduring Life of Anti-Semitism: The State Department’s Commitment to Fight against ‘The Longest Hatred on Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge, on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Hannah_RosenthalRosenthal served as special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism from November 2009 to October 2012. Inspired by her father, a rabbi, she has pursued a passion for social justice throughout her life. Before joining the State Department, she served as executive director of the Chicago Foundation for Women and of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

In her lecture, Rosenthal will talk about how her office sought to raise the visibility of the scourge of anti-Semitism and counteract the belief that nothing can be done to eradicate it. She also will discuss the challenges of her position and the successes and disappointments in advancing U.S. foreign policy.

The program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations and the UW–Madison Division of International Studies.

This lecture is free and open to all. Registration is requested. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will precede the program.

Questions may be directed to Cynthia Williams at (608) 262-3929 or