Yale starts program to study anti-Semitism

June 21, 2011 - 1:15 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is starting another initiative to study anti-Semitism after a decision to cancel an earlier groundbreaking program sparked criticism.

The Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism was announced this week. The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism was discontinued this month after a faculty review committee concluded it did not meet the university's standards for research and teaching.

The earlier program, created in 2006, was hailed as the first university-based center in North America dedicated to the study of anti-Semitism.

The Anti-Defamation League, which has criticized Yale for canceling the program, welcomed the new program.

Yale said when the earlier program was canceled that the university hoped to support scholarship and teaching on the topic and a group of faculty came forward to propose a program.