The Only One in Class: Affirming the Dignity of All Students

July 13, 2021
The Only One in Class: Antisemitism in the Classroom
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Tuesday, July 13
6:00 PM ET
5:00 PM CT
4:00 PM MT
3:00 PM PT

The Only One in Class: Affirming the Dignity of All Students

Although the history of antisemitism can be traced back to ancient times, its presence in schools and curricula can often be hard to recognize. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Arthur Ullian about his childhood experiences as the only Jewish student in the elite prep schools he attended, exploring how the challenges he faced can help inform and support educators who want to affirm the dignity of every student in their schools. Educators will also learn about tools and resources to teach about the history and contemporary realities of antisemitism in ways that center student experience and foster civic agency.

During the webinar, we will:

  • Explore the Christian roots of antisemitism
  • Discuss ways that schools can marginalize student identity and experience
  • Consider ways educators can create equitable and inclusive classroom communities
  • Engage with Dr. Ullian in a moderated Q&A

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 6–7 PM ET/5–6 PM CT/ 4–5 PM MT/3–4 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.


About the Speakers:

Dr. Arthur D. Ullian
Author, Businessperson, and Advocate

Arthur D. Ullian has enjoyed distinguished careers in both real estate development as Founding Partner of the Boston Land Company, and, following a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed at age 51, in medical research advocacy on behalf of the National Institutes of Health.

Educated at Lawrence University and the London School of Economics, Mr. Ullian used his negotiating skills and understanding of how economic systems interact to convene a coalition of patient advocates, research universities and medical schools, national Chambers of Commerce and health economists. Their watershed work on Capitol Hill resulted in a doubling of Congressional appropriations to the NIH between 1998 and 2003—from $14 billion to $28 billion annually.

This work was intended to demonstrate the relationship of medical research to money-saving health care improvements, and the ways in which preserving “human capital” contributes to economic growth. The work included co-authorship on numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Through the course of the advocacy work, Mr. Ullian was interviewed for articles on the topic by numerous print, radio and television journalists, and was the subject of a 1998 cover-story profile in the Boston Globe Magazine.

Mr. Ullian’s unique role in medical research advocacy brought him a series of awards and honors, including the 1998 Public Leader of the Year award from the American Academy of Neurology, the 2001 Annual Leadership Award from Quest for the Cure, a 2004 Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Rutgers University and the 2006 Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award from Lawrence University.

Following his life-changing accident in 1991, Mr. Ullian began to realize that, not only did life in a wheelchair make him feel “different,” but that he had always felt like an outsider to some degree because he was Jewish. He subsequently embarked on several years of extensive research into the origins of anti-Semitism and Jewish-Christian relations. The project became increasingly personal as he began to re-experience the feelings of exclusion he had felt as the only Jewish student in the elite prep schools he had attended as a boy. The resulting book, Matthew, Mark, Luke John…and Me: Growing Up Jewish in a Christian World—part memoir, part history —is the result of that process of research and self-discovery.


David Rhodes
Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves

David Rhodes is a Program Associate on the Jewish education team at Facing History and Ourselves. He holds a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he is passionate about working with educators and students to explore how to engage across differences, analyze systems, and learn from the past. Before joining the staff of Facing History, he taught social studies and Spanish in upstate, NY, and he was a teaching fellow for a course entitled Education, Faith, and Leadership at Harvard. He currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

July 13, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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