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Available for Pre-Order: Kenneth L. Marcus’s New Anti-Semitism Book
Brandeis Blog

July 24, 2015

The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) is pleased to announce that LDB President and General Counsel, Kenneth L. Marcus’ new book, entitled The Definition of Anti-Semitism, is now available for pre-order, published by Oxford University Press.

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California State Assembly Passes Important Resolution
Brandeis Blog

July 21, 2015

The state of California has taken another important step forward in combating anti-Semitism. On Monday, July 13, the California State General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the University of California to condemn anti-Semitism.

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Episcopal Church Votes Down BDS
Brandeis Blog

July 7, 2015

Following a series of political victories against BDS, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, at the church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City, UT refused to divest from companies that do business with Israel in the West Bank, rejecting the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Fighting Anti-Semitism, Protecting Free Expression
May 28, 2015

LDB staff will present a special session on fighting anti-Semitism and protecting free expression at the 2015 Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®) at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The presentation will take place on May 28 at 1:30 p.m.

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LDB Staff Attorney to Speak at Beth Tfiloh
April 28, 2015

On Tuesday evening, April 28th, Vogelstein will speak at a special program designed for parents of Beth Tfiloh alumni, many of whom currently have children in college.

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The BDS Movement: A Symposium
April 27, 2015

Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz will deliver the keynote address and LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will provide concluding remarks at this University of Baltimore law school conference.

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Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut
April 24, 2015

On Friday, April 24th, LDB attorney Aviva Vogelstein will visit her former high school, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, and speak at a special assembly for Yom Ha’Zikaron (Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).

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The Definition of Anti-Semitism

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism.

Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on “Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom” to Hanoch Dagan, Shahar Lifschitz and Yedidia Z. Stern’s new edited volume on Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Democracy Institute, 2014).

The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on anti-Semitism in the anti-Israel boycott movement in Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, Jr.’s upcoming volume, “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.”


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Contact Brandeis Center Lawyers About Campus Anti-Semitism

Students and professors: If you are aware of anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli incidents on your college or university campus, please contact lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Gloria Greenfield teamed up with Emmy Award-winning editor Raoul Rosenberg to create this important film on the Brandeis Center and its campaign against campus anti-Semitism.


Campaigning for Justice on College Campuses ~Kenneth L. Marcus, President and General Counsel, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
 
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Why universities need a definition of anti-Semitism
Kenneth L. Marcus, JNS.org
July 2, 2015


Does it matter how we define our words? Sometimes it does. The U.S. Department of Education understands this point, as do the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Universities need to learn it, too.

Attorneys: Sign Petition to UC Regents on State Department’s Definition
Lee Sutherland, Brandeis Blog
July 1, 2015


An important decision is coming up at the end of July that could be a major step forward in fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

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LDB-Trinity College Report
Barry A. Kosmin & Ariela Keysar
LDB and Trinity College have issued this important 2015 “Anti-Semitism Report,” presenting results from a national demographic survey of American Jewish college students. This report shows that more than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses nationwide who took part in an online survey reported having having experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the last academic year.

The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies

Six years ago, Congress recognized the need for “diverse perspectives” in federally funded Middle East Studies programs. Congress had created the so-called “Title VI programs” in 1958 to address Cold War national security demands. After September 11, 2001, it was more important than ever to provide United States intelligence and armed services agencies with a pipeline of skilled workers. Unfortunately, Title VI programs were not serving their intended purpose.


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Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse

Law Student Chapter Fact Sheet - LDB is committed to combating anti-Semitism on college and university campuses across the nation.

Title VI Fact Sheet - Short Guide to the Law Against Campus Anti-Semitism

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  “Marcus can feel proud of the singular role that he has played in helping to secure civil rights protections for Jews faced with anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination on US campuses.”

 
 
Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor, in SPME Reviews and Recommendations (March 21, 2011)
 
 
 
Students
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If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

Our attorneys and experts are here to help!
 
 
 
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Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
 
 
 
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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Irwin Cotler
Irwin Cotler is a Canadian Member of Parliament, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and a Professor of Law at McGill University, Canada (on leave).
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