LDB authors are active in a wide range of research publication. These books are some of the most recent contributions in areas relevant to LDB's mission.
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.
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). http://www.amazon.com/The-Definition-Anti-Semitism-Kenneth-Marcus/dp/019937564X 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. Previous efforts to define ‘anti-Semitism’ have been complicated by the disreputable origins of the term, the discredited sources of its etymology, the diverse manifestations of the concept, and the contested politics of its applications. Nevertheless the task is an important one, not only because definitional clarity is required for the term to be understood, but also because the current conceptual confusion prevents resolution of many incidents in which anti-Semitism is manifested. The Definition of Anti-Semitism explores the various ways in which anti-Semitism has historically been defined, demonstrates the weaknesses in prior efforts, and develops a new definition of anti-Semitism, especially in the context of the ‘new anti-Semitism’ in American higher education.
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).
This book presents a series of case studies that examine the interaction between religion and human rights from various angles. Among other approaches, the authors investigate the possibility of using religion as a source of human rights and suggest a discursive framework for dialogue between a religious tradition and the human rights tradition. The volume includes essays by a number of other prominent scholars, including Christopher L. Eisgruber, Lawrence G. Sager, Leora F. Batnitzky, Suzanne Last Stone, Menachem Mautner, and Christopher McCrudden.
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.”
Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity
LDB Advisor Charles A. Small (ISGAP) has published an edited volume on Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, featuring a chapter by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus on “The Definition of Antisemitism.”
Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
“Kenneth Marcus has given us a book that is thoughtful and impassioned, creative and careful, erudite and provocative. Everyone concerned about vicious anti-Zionism and antisemitism on campus should read it.” This is the judgment of Prof. Paul Burstein in his new review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press: 2010) for the current issue of AJS Review.
LDB Advisor Richard L. Cravatts has published The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews (Freedom Center 2012) reporting and analyzing covert anti-Semitism and overt Israel-hatred on college campuses. Cravatts argues that greater understanding of this problem is necessary before the tide be turned in higher education.
Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
Lesley Klaff reviews Kenneth L. Marcus' Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge 2010), "a must-read for anyone who has ever questioned the 'dilemma of Jewish difference.'" Klaff evaluates the book in the context of continuing trends, praising the work of "Ken Marcus, who is prepared to initiate and lead the fightback against campus antisemitism."
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has published Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press 2010), a legal analysis of anti-Semitism on American college campuses. Marcus demonstrates how anti-Jewish harassment can be prosecuted under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Anti-Semitism on the Campus: Past and Present (Anti-Semitism in America)
Eunice G. Pollack has published an edited volume on Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present (Academic Studies Press 2011) featuring chapters by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus and LDB Advisors Alvin H. Rosenfeld and Tammi Rossman Benjamin. Twenty-one leading scholars explore the roots and manifestations of antisemitism and anti-Zionism and the efforts to combat them at American, British, and South African colleges and universities in the 20th and 21st centuries.-
Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz
LDB Advisor Catherine Chatterley has published Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz (Syracuse University Press, 2011), an intellectual biography of the distinguished cultural critic. Chatterley shows why Steiner’s neglected writings on the Holocaust and antisemitism should be central to a proper understanding of his criticism.
LDB Advisor Alvin H. Rosenfeld has published The End of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press 2011), an analysis of the public consciousness of the destruction of European Jewry. Rosenfeld explains how the proliferation of Holocaust films, literature, museums, and public commemorations has, perversely, diminished the meaning and memory of that tragedy.
Alvin H. Rosenfeld Alvin Rosenfeld is Director of The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University in Bloomington.