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LDB to Appear at Bard College “Real Talk” Conference

October 20, 2016


Washington, D.C: This week, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) President Kenneth L. Marcus will be a featured speaker at the "Real Talk Conference 2016: Difficult Questions About Race, Sex, and Religion" at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. LDB is a national non-profit civil rights legal advocacy organization committed to combating anti-Semitism in higher education.

LDB’s President Marcus commented, “I am honored to be joined by such a diverse and impressive group of scholars to address some of the most pressing issues on college campuses today.”

The Center’s ninth annual international conference asks questions such as: How can colleges bring racial and social justice into the heart of higher education? Should colleges and universities limit speech in the name of civility? Should trigger warnings be incorporated into college curricula? Can we balance the right to practice one’s religion with the desire for inclusiveness? Are “microaggressions” the kinds of speech that should be disciplined? Does civility limit free speech?

The conference will be held at the Olin Humanities Building at Bard College, on Thursday, October 20- Friday, October 21. For a full conference schedule, registration links, and bios of featured speakers, please visit

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