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Thursday, September 29, 2022

The 12th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference

Resisting an Ancient Hatred: Antisemitism in Church and Society

Scandinavian Cultural Center in the Anderson University Center
Each session will also be live-streamed on PLU’s YouTube channel

This year’s conference, Resisting an Ancient Hatred: Antisemitism in Church and Society, is animated by the sharp increase in Antisemitic hate speech and crimes since the Fall of 2016 and the rise of white “Christian nationalism.”

The Knutson Lecture, the evening capstone to the conference, will be given by Dr. Marc Dollinger, holder of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. The title of his lecture is, “From Religion to Politics: Antisemitism and Jew Hatred From Ancient Times Until Today.” Dr. Dollinger will speak at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Dollinger has also published on Black American and Jewish American relations (Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s, 2018) and Jewish struggles for inclusion in U.S. culture (The Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America, 2000). His forthcoming book addresses Antisemitism in U.S. culture.


Contact Conference Organizer, Dr. Samuel Torvend at or Director of Congregational Engagement, Kendall Jeske at

Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker

The conference is free and open to the public and is made possible by the generosity of the anonymous donors who endowed the University Chair in Lutheran Studies.