Writing shortly after the publication of Max Blumenthal’s anti-Israel screed “Goliath” a year ago, Eric Alterman noted that it would be “no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed).” As demonstrated at yesterday’s rather lavish “Palestine Book Awards ceremony 2014” in London – honoring,…
A NEW HIGH: 3 CHAPTERS TO BE LAUNCHED IN ONE WEEK! By: Aviva Vogelstein The LDB law student chapter initiative continues to grow! The Brandeis Center is about to have its most successful law student chapter week yet — 3 chapters are scheduled to launch! On Monday, November 3, LDB attorney Aviva Vogelstein will launch…
ISGAP Seminar Series McGill Harvard Columbia Our friends at the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy have an impressive roster of speakers coming up at McGill, Harvard, and Columbia: October 20th, 6PM, McGill University Dr. Dahn Hiuni, Independent Artist and Adjunct Professor of Art and Art Education, School of Visual Arts, New York…
|Have We Moved on from Civility?
October 14, 2014LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will deliver a public lecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics on the question, “Have We Moved on From Civility? And If So, What is Next?”
The Brandeis Center recently issued a public policy White Paper on “The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies” to address shortcomings in Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The LDB is particularly concerned about biased, politicized, anti-Israel and anti-American programming at Title VI Centers that violate both the letter and spirit of 2008 congressional reforms. Many Title VI recipients were ideologically polarized institutions notorious for one-sided approaches hostile to the United States, the West, and Israel. Some programs were reportedly so hostile towards Israel that they would not even remotely entertain views that contradicted their unrelentingly anti-Israel perspective.
The White Paper is comprehensive in content, which includes a brief history of Title VI from its Cold War origins through post 9/11 reform efforts, the current status of Middle East Studies programs, analysis of failures, and recommendations for more effective Title VI funding. In an analysis of Middle East Studies programs, the Center found that:
- “No proper complaint-resolution procedure exists to ensure compliance with the HEOA’s key Diverse Perspectives requirement” – highlighting Congress’ Failure to Provide an Enforcement Mechanism.
- The Department of Education has not indicated what is required by the Diverse Perspectives requirement or how it can best be implemented.
- “The Department [of Education] does not ensure compliance with this requirement through well-established processes that it uses to monitor grantees actions under other programs.”
The Department’s failure to clarify the Diverse Perspectives requirement has meant that universities applying for Title VI funding do not know what must be done to achieve “diverse perspectives,” and government officials do not know what to look for in reviewing applications. To address this, the White Paper offers recommendations to Congress, the Department of Education, and the universities, on how best to reform Title VI funding.
By Mike Gonzalez
It’s bad enough to see anti-Semitism stalking our universities again; it’s even worse to discover that your tax dollars are paying for it.
Today a coalition of national organizations, including the Louis D. Brandeis Center, issued the following statement concerning the issue of biased and highly politicized Middle East Studies programs funded under HEA Title VI. The statement addresses the history, current problems, and proposed solutions ameliorate the bias programs of Title VI recipients. We, the undersigned, are…
The LDB commended the European Sociological Association Network 31 after the Network passed the first pro-active anti-boycott resolution by a professional European academic association late last week. Kenneth L. Marcus, President of the Louis D. Brandeis Center commented, “This is a very important development, because it signals that some academics understand the problematic nature of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and are willing to say so publicly. I hope that Network 31 becomes a model for other responsible academic associations.”
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus is pleased to announce the appearance of foreign policy analyst Mike Gonzalez as new guest blogger on the Brandeis Center Blog for a two-week period beginning September 15. Mr. Gonzalez’s appearance underscores the immediate need to address Title VI funding to universities under the Higher Education Act. Mr. Gonzalez’ appearance comes as…
Groups Urge University of California to Monitor SJP Actions at So-Called “International Day of Action”
Earlier today, fifteen national organizations urged Chancellor Dirks of the University of California at Berkeley to monitor the behavior of Students for Justice for Palestine (SJP) and other student organizations involved in the so-called September 23 “Day of Action.” The 15 organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of members and supporters nationwide, expressed deep concern about the safety and well-being of Jewish students around these events. In the wake of the Israel-Gaza conflict, global antisemitism has reached levels not seen since the Holocaust. Jews throughout the world are being targeted for threats, physical assaults and murder, and Jewish property for desecration and destruction. The groups emphasize that they fully support academic freedom and students’ freedom of expression, but nevertheless caution that “these types of demonstrations can result in antisemitic rhetoric and violent behavior, creating a hostile and unsafe environment for Jewish students.” Just days ago, the groups observed, a Jewish student at Temple University was punched in the face and called “baby-killer, racist, Zionist pig” and “kike” as he stood next to a table run by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The groups’ letter is as follows:
Dear Chancellor Dirks,
We represent 15 organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters nationwide, who are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Jewish students on campuses across the country, particularly in light of the current unrest in the Middle East. We would like to bring to your attention a matter that directly affects Jewish students at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Hatem Bazian, a UC Berkeley lecturer in Near Eastern Studies, has posted to his Facebook page an announcement of an “International Day of Action on College Campuses: Free Palestine and End the Siege on Gaza,” which is to take place on September 23. The posting includes the following message:
A call for activists and organizations on campuses across the world to organize massive protests on every college and university campus. Make Free Palestine and Ending the Siege on Gaza part of campus education by holding teach-ins, rallies, sit-ins, civil disobedience, and push for BDS activities.