The Brandeis Brief is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. Read The Brandeis Brief for the latest on our campaign against campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, as well as occasional articles on freedom of speech, academic freedom and global anti-Semitism. The monthly Brandeis BookNote feature offers reviews of recent books about anti-Semitism and related issues. For your free subscription, sign up here. If you are a Brandeis Brief reader, we would like to hear from you. Contact us here to let us know what you think of the Brief. And if we can help you to address anti-Semitism or related civil rights problems on your college campus, please reach us here.
October Brandeis Brief - Reforming Middle East Studies
This month, the Brandeis Center rolled out our newest initiative -- to reform biased, politicized, federally funded Middle East Studies programs around the country.
August Brandeis Brief - Capitol Update
This summer has been unusually busy for the Brandeis Center in Washington, D.C. With most American universities in summer session, we have focused our efforts on public policy advocacy and appellate litigation.
July Brandeis Brief - Of Holocaust Deniers, Terrorists, and Presbyterians The Brandeis Brief
Summer is finally here, and many students have headed off to summer jobs, internships, or graduation. Nevertheless, higher education controversies continue to simmer.
June 2014 Brandeis Brief - Season Finale
In the June issue of the Brandeis Brief, several writers address anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents at Vassar College, New York University, and elsewhere, as well as the Louis D. Brandeis Center’s tireless efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and support Jewish college students
May 2014 Brandeis Brief - From Ukraine to the U.S.
Recent weeks have seen very disturbing anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from the Ukraine flyers to the Kansas shooter to the Hungarian elections, as well as another spate of incidents on American college campuses.
April 2014 Brandeis Brief : A Tale of Two Cities: Bad News in Ann Arbor, Good News in Brooklyn
Several disturbing anti-Semitism reports are coming out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Brandeis Center lawyers are investigating. Anti-Israel activists failed in their efforts to convince the University of Michigan student government to adopt a boycott resolution.
March 2014 Brandeis Brief: The Changing Threat from the New BDS
The March 2014 issue of the Brandeis Brief focuses on the changing threat from the movement to boycott Israel, as well as legislative responses, and the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism. Read more
February 2014 Brandeis Brief: Taking the Offensive
When The Chronicle of Higher Education observes that the American Studies Association is now on the defensive, it is a sign that efforts by LDB and its allies are bearing fruit.
January 2014 Brandeis Brief
The first 2014 issue of the Louis D. Brandeis Center's popular electronic newsletter discusses the five big takeaways from the American Studies Association's BDS debacle -- and a lot more.
November Issue of the Brandeis Brief : The Law Student Initiative
The Brandeis Center is very pleased to announce an important new initiative. We have talked to many law students who feel underserved and out-gunned.
October Issue of Brandeis Brief: Standing up for Jewish Students
The legal campaign to protect Jewish students' rights has had several important positive impacts, despite some legal setbacks, which are discussed in October's issue of the Brandeis Brief.
Brandeis Center releases August issue of The Brandeis Brief
Summer is supposed to slow down for organizations that focus on college and university life, but it has only heated up at the Louis D. Brandeis Center.
Brandeis Center releases July issue of The Brandeis Brief
July's issue of the Brandeis Brief debunks myths and provides interesting information about anti-Semitism on college campuses, while also exploring anti-Semitism through an historical perspective.
Success at UC Davis
The June 2013 issue of the Brandeis Brief will discuss positive developments at the University of California at Davis, as well as LDB's defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjmain, Greg Lukianoff's guest blog appearance, and the arrival of LDB's first group of interns.
The Cruelest Month
April was a harsh month, bringing several unfortunate developments on and off campus. However, Brandeis Center lawyers have been busy, spending much of the month in California working with university students, professors and administrators to combat campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism.
Where Was Obama When He Was Supposedly in Israel?
In the April issue of the Brandeis Brief, litigator Alyza Lewin explains the Jerusalem passport case, internet guru Andre Oboler examines anti-Semitism on Facebook, historian Gil Troy compares anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and LDB Staff Attorney Danit Sibovits introduces herself to our readers.
From Kalamazoo to CUNY Too
The March issue of the Brandeis Brief describes LDB's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism nationwide. This issue also includes a full-length review essay by Kenneth L. Marcus which asks the question, "Is Anti-Semitism Unique?" This essay explores an important recent controversy among contemporary scholars of anti-Semitism and the intervention of German political scientist Clemens Heni.
Must We Fight Anti-Semitism?
The February issue of the Brandeis Brief asks whether we must really fight anti-Semitism, when so many activists prefer to focus on the positive. The Brief also discusses the Brandeis Center's recent efforts to combat campus anti-Semitism and reviews Gil Troy's new book on the United Nations' Zionism as Racism resolution.
Brandeis Brief Revamped with New Features
The January issue of The Brandeis Brief presents our first Year in Review, describing a momentous year. Additionally, the Brief contains a new Brandeis Book Note section as well as original analysis on "How Much Campus Anti-Semitism?"
LDB Releases November Brandeis Brief
The Brandeis Center's November Brandeis Brief highlights the Office for Civil Rights' investigation into whether Jewish students at the University of California at Berkeley are facing unlawful discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
LDB Releases October Brandeis Brief
LDB's October Brandeis Brief analyzes the latest battles over campus anti-Semitism and the First Amendment and provides the latest news on the Brandeis Center's efforts to eliminate discrimination against Jewish college and university students.
LDB Releases September Brandeis Brief
As students and faculty return to campus for the Fall semester, The Louis D. Brandeis Center has developed a Best Practices Guide to inform and guide university administrators who want to take campus anti-Semitism seriously.
March Goes Out Like a Lion: The Louis D. Brandeis Center Continues to Roar
The second issue of LDB's electronic newsletter, The Brandeis Brief, announces LDB's extraordinary recent work, including new publications on genocidal incitement and campus anti-Semitism.
The Brandeis Brief is Launched!
LDB has launched its new electronic newsletter, The Brandeis Brief, with articles about the inception of the Brandeis Center and its battle against campus anti-Semitism.
“Not long ago, Kenneth Marcus served as one of the government’s top civil rights enforcers, helping Hispanics and blacks fight discrimination. For the past three years, he has been fighting the good fight on behalf of his fellow Jews.”
Jewish News Weekly (June 2011)
If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.
Kenneth L. Marcus Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010). Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.