September 14, 2017
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) applauds University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on his decision to create the ‘President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee on University History.’ This committee provides an important forum to reflect on the University’s history to help better inform it’s future.
“We welcome this decision at a time when anti-Semitic attitudes and rhetoric are on the rise. I attended the ‘Campus Divided’ program on Wednesday and the exhibit calls attention to issues that divided the U of M campus in the 1930s and 1940s such as racial and economic equality, opposition to war, and student rights. Racism and anti-Semitism were also part of campus life during that time period. Thank you to Professor Emerita Riv-Ellen Prell and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Atwood who painstakingly and resourcefully co-curated this marvelous and provocative exhibit.
“We join President Kaler in his statement that the ‘University of Minnesota is founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding. Our university is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.’”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.