The Conspiracy

Recorded on March 21, 2024

With the rise of the alt-right and the mass proliferation of misinformation through social media, antisemitism has shifted from the fringes to the mainstream. Our panel included a nationally recognized constitutional law scholar, a social psychologist who researches stereotypes and prejudice, and a scholar who studies the impact of antisemitism on families and works with the ‘Countering Antisemitism Committee’ of Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis.

They discussed how this insidious, centuries-old conspiracy theory started, how it shifts and morphs over time and place, why it continues to flourish, and what we can do to counteract it. 


  • Alan Brownstein, Professor of Law Emeritus, Former Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, University of California, Davis
  • Leah C. Hibel, Ph.D. Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Center for Poverty and Inequality Faculty Affiliate, University of California, Davis
  • Jeffrey Sherman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and Social Cognition Lab Principal Investigator, University of California, Davis
  • Moderated by Joceline Herman, Partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary, executive committee member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and publicity co-Chair for Women Lawyers of Sacramento.cognition