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Civil Rights Leader Addresses the "Conundrum of Race"

January 27, 2013


WASHINGTON, DC, – Hon. Kenneth L. Marcus, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, will deliver the Winter 2013 Lecture at Kalamazoo College on "The Conundrum of Race: Civil Rights, Law & Jewish Identity." In this public lecture, Marcus will build upon themes announced in his award-winning book on "Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America" (Cambridge University Press 2010). The lecture is sponsored by the Kalamazoo College Departments of Political Science and Jewish Studies."

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on January 29 at the Olmstead Room at Kalamazoo College.

Mr. Marcus commented, "I am honored by Kalamazoo College's invitation to address this important topic. In light of the global resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as disturbing incidents of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel discrimination on American college and university campuses, this topic is unfortunately quite timely." Marcus is a former Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was formerly delegated the authority of Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

About the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and Campus Anti-Semitism

The Louis D. Brandeis Center, Inc., or LDB, is an independent, nonprofit organization established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education, and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. It is not affiliated with the Massachusetts University, the Kentucky law school, or any of the other institutions which share the name and honor the memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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About the Lecture

The Conundrum of Race: Civil Rights, Law & Jewish Identity
January 29, 2013

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will deliver an invited lecture at Kalamazoo College on the complex, challenging and intellectually provocative questions that arise at the intersection of civil rights and Jewish identity.

TIME: 7:30PM


  “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)
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