LDB experts occasionally testify as experts before the U.S. Congress, other legislative bodies, and governmental fact-finding agencies on issues which fall within the Center’s mandate.
In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes
In May 2016, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus testified before the Ohio House of Representatives’ Committee on Goverment Accountability and Oversight as an expert on anti-Semitism in higher education. In his testimony, “Fighting Anti-Semitism,” Marcus describes what is seen as a resurgence of global anti-Semitism and introduces the ways we can define and classify speech as anti-Semitic. This specifically addresses the instances when anti-Israel rhetoric becomes not just criticism of state policy, but rather blatant anti-Semitism.
Fighting Sexual Harassment in American Higher Education
In July 2014, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as an expert on sexual harassment policy and the First Amendment. His testimony, “Fighting Sexual Harassment in American Higher Education,” explores strengths and weaknesses in recent federal enforcement efforts and provides recommendations on how government officials and university leaders can more effectively protect students from harassment while fully respecting their freedom of speech. While this testimony does not directly address campus anti-Semitism, many of the same principles would apply to enforcement of laws and policies protecting Jewish students.
Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11
In November 2012, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as an expert on discrimination against Muslim and Arab Americans. His testimony highlights discrimination in public schools and penal institutions, as well as harmful stereotypes in popular culture.
Religious Harassment in Public Schools.
In 2011, LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus testified on “Religious Harassment in Public Schools” as an expert witness for a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing on Bullying. Marcus, who was then affiliated with the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, detailed the many forms of abuse which religious minority students have suffered in American public schools. He calls for congressional solutions, including legislation to ban religious harassment in federally funded educational institutions.