Editor-in-Chief, Antisemitism Studies; Historian of Modern Europe; Founding Director, Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA)
Catherine Chatterley is a respected historian, an award-winning writer, and a frequent lecturer in Canada and the United States. Dr. Chatterley is the Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) and Editor-in-Chief of its new academic periodical, Antisemitism Studies, published by Indiana University Press.
Dr. Chatterley specializes in the study of modern European history, with particular emphasis on the history of antisemitism and the dynamic relationship between Jews and non-Jews in Western history. She has been a media commentator in public debates over the design and content of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the growth of anti-Israel activism on Canadian campuses. Currently, Catherine teaches history at the University of Manitoba.
Syracuse University Press published her first book, Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz, in their series on Religion, Theology, and the Holocaust, edited by Steven T. Katz. Disenchantment was named a 2011 National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience.
Her second book, entitled The Antisemitic Imagination, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.
Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.
Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.
The human rights-interfaith dialogue rhetoric employed by President Obama on May 22, 2015 at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC was wonderful and made people feel warm inside. But this type of rhetoric is, in fact, messianic -- it is for tomorrow, for a time when there is no more war. That day has not yet come, I am afraid. And to speak as if it has is very dangerous.
Scholars, lawyers, and governments will no doubt weigh in on whether or not the residential schools experience in Canada officially constitutes a cultural form of genocide. In the meantime, it is important to create a cultural and intellectual climate in this country that is flexible and sensitive enough to recognize the depth of suffering experienced by traumatized people and their children without ranking it on a destructive hierarchical scale.
The Antisemitism Institute I direct in Canada received several inquiries about the accuracy of an article published under the provocative title Ukrainians Forgotten Heroes of Auschwitz, in the local d...
Denials of reality about the Jihadist roots of this violence are already feeding frustration in Western populations who know better. The well-intended strategy of protecting Muslims in the West will actually do the opposite -- it will very likely guarantee a backlash against Western Muslims by a growing right-wing movement.