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Naya Lekht

Dr. Naya Lekht was born in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States with her family in 1989. She received her PhD from UCLA in Russian Literature, where she wrote her dissertation on how Soviet writers pushed the boundaries of Holocaust representation in literature and film. In addition to her research on Holocaust literature in the Soviet Union, Dr. Lekht developed a course on ‚ÄúTotalitarianism and Literature‚ÄĚ that explored how, despite rigid political conditions, literature confronted and reacted to the political conditions of censorship and state-violence in Communist Russia. A passionate educator and public speaker, Naya writes and teaches on the topic of antisemitism, and in particular Soviet influences on contemporary anti-Zionism. In 2018, she was Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, where she developed a curriculum for high school students on how to identify the topology of antisemitism. She continues to pursue her passion for curriculum development in her role as Director of Education at Club Z, a rapidly growing Zionist youth movement.