The Crain-Mailing Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix College will present "The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe and America" with Steven Bayme at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Mills Bailey Library.

The author of "Modern Orthodoxy in America and Jewish Attitudes toward Terrorism and Violence," Bayme has lectured widely across the country and taught at Yeshiva University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and Queens College. He has been cited in the media on Jewish communal issues and has been named three times in the Forward’s annual list of the top 50 Jewish leaders who "make a difference."

Bayme is the Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. His responsibilities include Jewish family issues, Jewish education, Israeli-Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and continuity, and intra-Jewish relations.

The mission of the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture is to serve as a resource for students, faculty, staff and the public, including Jews and non-Jews who wish to engage in the study, discussion or teaching of Jewish culture. Its mission also includes raising awareness of Jewish life on campus and inspiring deeper cross-cultural understanding and religious tolerance. The Center promotes a broad understanding of Jewish culture as encompassing all aspects of sacred and secular Jewish life as well as its relationships with other cultures.

A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, contact Ellen Kirsch at 450-4598 or