A lecture hall of people rise to their feet. There is a list of names, followed by a moment of silence. Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, walks to the podium.
“This event was planned months ago,” he said. “But it has become tragically, urgently relevant in light of this weekend’s events.”`
So began a community lecture at 7 p.m. in the UNC Friday Center titled "Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Experience in the South."
Planned, as Guskiewicz said, months in advance, the event fell just days after 11 people were gunned down while attending worship service at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor and congress editor at The New York Times, spoke with UNC School of Media and Journalism professor Ryan Thornburg about growing up Jewish in Atlanta, the current state of the press and the rise of bigotry in the United States.