Contributor Archives: Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D.

About Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D.

Chris MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D., is Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate College and Director of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College. He has been a scholar-activist for more than fifteen years and has been involved with many social change movements, including the feminist movement, LGBT movement and progressive Zionism. He received his BA from Framingham State College in Massachusetts, his MS from Northeastern University and his Ed.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from Boston, he currently lives in Philadelphia. Chris' activity with Ameinu has found a number of expressions. He has written regularly for the website. He serves on the joint committee Ameinu has formed with MeretzUSA to address the Left's attitudes towards Israel and Zionism and is also part of the effort to establish an Ameinu chapter in Philadelphia.

Reclaiming the Z Word …or why I can care about my own people and others at the same time

By Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D. When I identify myself publicly as a Zionist, I often get asked the same question: “you are a what?” Generally the person knows that I subscribe to a left-wing world view and is frankly stymied. Their …

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Stop Conflating Anti-Zionists with Progressives

Lately, there have been a spate of articles that discuss how “liberal” and “progressives” criticize Israel but are being silenced by the “mainstream” Jewish community or are endangering Jews everywhere. As a progressive activist who supports Israel’s right to exist, …

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Stop Conflating Anti-Zionists with Progressives

Lately, there have been a spate of articles that discuss how “liberal” and “progressives” criticize Israel but are being silenced by the “mainstream” Jewish community or are endangering Jews everywhere. As a progressive activist who supports Israel’s right to exist, …

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Progressive Jews who care about Israel need to make our voices heard on campus

By Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D. Too often, the rhetoric around Israel and Palestine on campus is polemical, rigid and one-sided. The advocates for each side generally do not think about the legitimate national rights of the other community. We throw facts …

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It Is Time to Complicate the Narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Campus

By Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D. As a diversity educator working on a college campus, I have often been frustrated at the narrative around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in American higher education. Undergraduate students at institutions of higher education in the United States …

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