ADL Lauds New Yale Program for the Study of anti-Semitism

Yale University recently announced the closing of the Interdisciplinary Initiative for the study of anti-Semitism after a recommendation by a faculty committee.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday hailed the creation of a new Yale Program for the Study of anti-Semitism (YPSA), devoted to “serious scholarly discourse and research” on the topic around the world.

"We are satisfied that Yale University understood the critical importance of continuing an institute for the study and research of anti-Semitism," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said.

Yale public health students graduation May 23 2011

The new program, headed by Professor Maurice Samuels, was established to replace the Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of anti-Semitism (YIISA), which was closed due to a faculty review committee’s recommendation.

" While we are disappointed that Professor Charles Small, the one who originally conceived the idea of an institute for the study of anti-Semitism, will not play a role in the new program, we are confident that the study program will continue to strengthen its status, importance and significance in combating global anti-Semitism," Foxman said.

The new program was announced by Yale University Provost Peter Salovey in a letter to alumni, faculty and supporters. “I am hopeful,” wrote Dr. Salovey, “that this program will produce major scholarship on the vitally important subject of anti-Semitism.”