Jewish Studies Scholars, Including Professors Dollinger and Kaplan, Release Trump Statement

Friday, November 18, 2016
J WEEKLY -- More than 240 Jewish studies scholars have signed a public statement originating in the Bay Area that warns against the threat to minorities posed by the election of Donald Trump. Twelve Bay Area Jewish historians signed the statement, including Marc Dollinger of San Francisco State University, who said he usually believes it’s inappropriate to sign petitions or bring politics into his classroom. “This broke the rule,” he told J. “I’m doing this because I have an obligation as a Jewish American historian to bear witness as this primary source historical document is created before me.” Other local signatories include Diane Wolf and Sven-Erik Rose of UC Davis, Rachel Deblinger, Aron Rodrigue and Steven Zipperstein of Stanford University, Alma Heckman and Nathaniel Deutsch of U.C. Santa Cruz, Eran Kaplan of SFSU and John Efron and Laurie Pearce of U.C. Berkeley.