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Journalist Headlines Jewish Studies Program Lecture Series

James Kirchick's lecture will examine the effects of intersectionality on global support for Israel.
By SDSU News Team

Washington D.C.-based journalist James Kirchick will outline his contention that the political left has embraced regressive values and discuss the ramifications for Israel in a lecture sponsored by the San Diego State University’s Jewish Studies Program.

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in room 101 of the College of Arts and Letters. Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent for the Daily Beast. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Foreign Affairs and Slate.

A former editor at the New Republic and writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty based in Prague, he is a recipient of the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Kirchick has been a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

His lecture, “Intersectionality Makes You Stupid: The Regressive Left, Israel and Third Worldism,” will examine why the progressive left is abandoning Israel despite its status as “the only country in the Middle East that protects the rights of gay people, women and religious minorities.”

This is the second in the Jewish Studies Program’s lecture series, “Israel in the 21st Centry: New Hopes, New Challenges.” The third speaker, Professor Gerald Steinberg of Israel’s Bar Ilan University, will discuss soft-power warfare in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11, also in room 101 of the College of Arts and Letters.