David I. Kertzer is the Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science and professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University, where he served as provost from 2006 to 2011. He is the author of nine books, including The Popes Against the Jews, which was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize, and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has twice been awarded the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best work on Italian history. He and his wife, Susan, live in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at NYU. She writes, teaches, and lectures on modern European and Italian cultural and political history, Italian film and visual culture, Italian Fascism, and Italian colonialism and its postcolonial legacies. As a scholar, mentor, and organizer of events, she is dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry. Along with her numerous book chapters and articles, she is the author or editor of four books: Fascist Modernities: Italy 1922-45 (Berkeley, 2001, 2004; Italian translation: La cultura fascista. Bologna: Mulino, 2000, 2004); Gli imperi: dall’antichità all’età contemporanea (edited, Mulino, 2009); Italian Colonialism (edited with Mia Fuller, New York, 2005, 2008); and Fascism’s Empire Cinema: Histories and Journeys of Italian Conquest and Defeat (to be published by Indiana University Press). Her current book project is Italian Prisoners of War and the Transition from Dictatorship (under contract from Princeton University Press). The 2011-2012 Fellow in Italian Studies at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, she is the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, Mellon, and other fellowships and has been a Professeur invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
Mark Weitzman is Director of Government Affairs and the Director of the Task Force against Hate and Terrorism for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is also the Chief Representative of the Center to the United Nations in New York, and was the Founding Director of the SWC’s Museum of Tolerance, New York. Currently Mr. Weitzman is also a participant in the program on Religion and Foreign Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations and a longtime member of the official Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Group of New York.
Mr. Weitzman is a winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for best anthology for Antisemitism, the Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal which he co-edited and contributed to. Forthcoming this winter from the Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University is Jews and Judaism in the Political Theology of Radical Catholic Traditionalists. Recent publications include the chapters Magical Logic: Globalization, Conspiracy Theory and the Shoah, which appeared in the 2012 volume Holocaust Denial: the Politics of Perfidy, edited by Robert Wistrich (an earlier version was published by the Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2009) and Antisemitism and Terrorism on the Electronic Highway which appeared in the book Terrorism and the Internet: Threats — Target Groups — Deradicalisation Strategies (IOS Press for NATO, 2010). Dismantling the Big Lie: the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which he co-authored with Steven L. Jacobs, the first full refutation of the infamous Protocols, was published in 2003 and has been translated into Arabic and Japanese. He published the Wiesenthal Center’s annual electronic report, Digital Hate and Terrorism (2000-2013).
Robert A. Maryks, Ph.D. (2006) in History, Fordham University, is Associate Professor at CUNY and Visiting Scholar at the Jesuit Institute of Boston College. He has published on various aspects of the history of the Jesuits, including Saint Cicero and the Jesuits (Ashgate, 2008), The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews (Brill, 2009), and Pouring Jewish Water into Fascist Wine (Brill, 2011). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Jesuit Studies and Brill’s book series of Jesuit Studies.