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ISGAP Publishes New Volume Including LDB Campus Anti-Semitism Research
Caitlyn Carmichael Brandeis Blog
February 13, 2017

 

The Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP) has announced the publication of “ISGAP Papers: Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective-Volume Two,” featuring an original article by LDB’s Kenneth L. Marcus. The publication of these papers is part of ISGAP’s ongoing work establishing anti-Semitism studies as a recognized academic discipline. ISGAP will continue to expand their educational efforts this summer at the ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Anti-Semitism Studies. University professors and doctoral/post-doctoral students are invited to apply.

The recently published “Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective” aims to inform readers on the changing realities of contemporary anti-Semitism and to explore manifestations of anti-Semitism through high-quality presentations and papers. Between 2012 and 2014, ISGAP hosted seminars at Harvard University, McGill University, Columbia University Law School, Fordham University, and other academic institutions. The ISGAP papers volume two contains a selection of papers presented during this period. These papers cover topics that better contribute to an in depth understanding of contemporary anti-Semitism and efforts to better battle it in our modern world. For example, this volume includes a paper that Kenneth L. Marcus delivered at a Harvard Law School ISGAP program. In taking a global perspective on anti-Semitism, ISGAP and all those connected hope that the publication of this latest volume will help combat anti-Semitism and inspire readers to take an educated approach to dealing with and understanding the affects of anti-Semitism.

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Charles A. Small (pictured left), author of the book and Executive Director of ISGAP, is a member of LDB’s Academic Advisory board.l Included in Small’s “ISGAP Papers: Anti-Semitism in Comparative Perspective-Volume Two” is LDB President and General Counsel, Kenneth L. Marcus’s, publication, “Higher Education, Anti-Semitism, and the Law“. In this article, Ken analyzes key campus anti-Semitism legal cases that have been brought before OCR under Title VI.

Furthering their efforts in the critical development of anti-Semitism studies, The ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute is currently seeking scholars-in-residence for an intensive two-week workshop-based curriculum development program in interdisciplinary critical contemporary anti-Semitism studies. The program will be held at St. John’s College, in Oxford, United Kingdom from July 16,2017 to July 29, 2017. The program is intended primarily for professors with full-time college or university positions. Under the guidance of leading international academics, scholars-in-residence will be required to develop a course syllabus and curriculum in the interdisciplinary study of critical contemporary anti-Semitism. The application deadline is February 22, 2017. Application information and requirements can be viewed here.

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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.
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