JCC Speaker Luncheon (AP)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Raleigh-Cary JCC
12804 Norwood Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

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“Is it happening here? The Milgram experiment, the Holocaust, and the Breitbart News.”

Featured Speaker: 
Professor Harry Perlstadt, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, Department of Sociology

In 1961 after the Eichmann war crimes trials, Stanley Milgram, Yale University professor and son of Jewish immigrants, wanted to know if Eichmann was a product of German culture or did he represent a dark force in human nature – could it happen in New Haven CT?  He conducted a series of experiments on obedience to authority which became highly controversial.  In 2007 Andrew Breitbart, adopted son of a Jewish couple and whose bar mitzvah was on a visit to Israel, created a website that would be pro-freedom and pro-Israel.  In 2012, after Breitbart’s death, Steve Bannon became executive chair of Breitbart News, later to become chief executive of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and briefly serve as Trump’s first White House Chief Strategist.

Harry Perlstadt, professor emeritus of sociology at Michigan State University, served as director of MSU’s  Program in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. Recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, Professor Perlstadt was a Fulbright lecturer in 2010 on US health care policy and politics at Semmelweis University in Budapest. He has evaluated  health programs and initiatives for, among others, the World Health Organization and the Kellogg Foundation.  “Milgram’s Obedience to Authority: Its Origins, Controversies, & Replications,” and “The Missing Literature Review & Hypotheses for Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” are among Professor Perlstadt’s  many publications.

“This program is funded in part by a grant from the BJH Foundation.”

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JCC Members: FREE   General Community: $10.00

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