Anti-Defamation League CEO will discuss the current state of hate in the US

Jonathan Greenblatt

In his book “It Could Happen Here,” author Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the national Anti-Defamation League (ADL), warns that hate and systemic violence are gathering momentum in the U.S. He will discuss that reality, and how he and ADL are fighting back against hate, Monday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m., at Campbell Hall, in a free event of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Justice for All initiative.

Greenblatt will discuss how “Hate takes many forms in today’s world,” said Celesta Billeci, Miller McCune Executive Director of UCSB Arts & Lectures. “Jonathan Greenblatt and the Anti-Defamation League are working to find actionable solutions to the problem of stopping hate in communities large and small.”      

“Antisemitism, like every other form of intolerance and hatred, has no place on our campus or in our community,” added Jeffrey Stewart, Interim Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  

In his book, Greenblatt draws from his professional career, including his decades at ADL, and his personal history. Greenblatt will be signing books at the event and copies of “It Could Happen Here” will be available for purchase, courtesy of Chaucer’s Booksellers.    

Greenblatt serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and has been recognized on multiple occasions for his leadership at ADL. He has been named by The NonProfit Times to its list of Top 50 Nonprofit Leaders from 2016–2020. Recode named Greenblatt to its inaugural “Recode 100,” a list of the top 100 people in business and technology. He has been named among the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in the global Jewish community by The Jerusalem Post. 

ADL was founded in 1913 to advocate for Jewish people through research, education and legislation. 

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