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Anti-Semitism in American Cinema to Be Explored at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 13, 2014

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Film historian Eric Goldman will discuss “The Culture of Anti-Semitism in Cinema” at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Robert A. Scott Student Center-Alumni Lounges (SC 136/137).

Since the 1940s, the issue of anti-Semitism as the subject for films has been hotly contested.  Some observers have been fearful that raising the issue might cause greater harm than good. Most recently, concern has been raised about the power of cinema to create an anti-Semitic atmosphere. Dr. Goldman will use film clips to shed light on this development.

Dr. Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. He is also film reviewer for New Jersey’s The Jewish Standard. Dr. Goldman is an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish films and a noted film educator. He was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where he supervised the preservation of Yiddish films. For many years, he curated and moderated the film program at the Center for Jewish History at Yeshiva University in New York City. Dr. Goldman was also a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Dr. Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Theater Arts from Brandeis University and a B.A. from Temple University.

Dr. Goldman is adjunct professor of Cinema at Yeshiva University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2013, the University of Texas Press published his new book, The American Jewish Story Through Cinema.

For more information regarding this event, contact Dr. Michael Riff, director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, at (201) 684-7409 or at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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