The Jewish Association HW welcomed freelance music and culture journalist Eve Barlow on Wednesday. Barlow answered students’ questions and discussed his experience with anti-Semitism in the music industry to educate students.
Barlow has published reviews and profile articles on Pitchfork, GQ, The Guardian, Tablet magazine and The Los Angeles Times. She previously worked as an associate production editor for NME Magazine, where she got to hear early demos from Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, and other alternative bands.
Barlow also has a significant social media presence throughout his career. She actively denounces anti-Semitism, writing articles about the Chabad Delaware house fire in late 2020 and using her Twitter to discuss issues plaguing the Jewish community.
“I’m passionate about diversifying the space and making sure we tell all kinds of stories and not just the same story all the time,” said Barlow. “I know better the Me Too movement and the conversation we have with the anti-racist movement. I also became a much stronger supporter of the Jewish community because I realized that I was constantly fighting for all of these other fights and not for the one that was specifically personal to me.
Barlow held numerous jobs in the music and journalism industry
Barlow was originally studying to become a lawyer at the University of Manchester, but due to a recession her ability to find employment in this field was reduced, so she returned to Glasgow and became a concert photographer. This launched her blog, where she reviewed all the artists she heard while photographing, starting her career as a music journalist.
HW Jewish Family Alliance co-chair Susan Lynch listened to Barlow’s podcast and read his articles, which she said were relevant and interesting. So she naturally wanted to share her ideas with the school.
“She’s so well versed and so respected in the world, we just thought this was a great opportunity,” said Lynch. “Our mission statement in our group is to educate and bring opportunities and build community and so we thought it would be really interesting for the students.”
HW Jewish Family Alliance student council members Kayla Graiwer ’23 and Gabe Glassman ’22 said there were plans for action ahead from the organization and they wanted to incorporate lessons that give Jewish students the tools to fight anti-Semitism.
“There are more similarities between different ethnicities and religions than there are differences,” Graiwer said. “We all face hardships and we all face struggles, so what I hope is that more people can see the anti-Semitism happening in the United States and that people in addition to Jewish Alliance students can also help fight anti-Semitism.
Barlow advised Jews facing anti-Semitism in the future and discussed caution in not absorbing false information about the state.
“My advice in this regard is: open the books, crush, learn the information, learn more about your Jewishness, your Jewish pride and your identity,” Barlow said. “[Learn] The story of our people, where we come from and why we stand up for them, because the more knowledge you have, the more power you have to stand up for yourself in these conversations.