Pro-Israel Groups Question Federal Funds for Middle East Centers Inside Higher Ed
September 18, 2014
A coalition of Israel advocacy organizations concerned by what they describe as the prevalence of anti-Israel programming at federally-funded Middle East studies centers are lobbying for changes in the Title VI program that would 1) “[r]equire recipients of Title VI funds to establish grievance procedures to address complaints that programs are not reflecting diverse perspectives and a wide range of views” and 2) “[r]equire the U.S. Department of Education to establish a formal complaint-resolution process similar to that in use to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs Washington Free Beacon
September 17, 2014
Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem.
Groups to Congress: No Taxpayer Funds for Biased, Politicized Middle East Studies
September 17, 2014
With Congress considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in several individual bills, leading organizations focused on education policy, the Jewish community, and civil rights announced today a coordinated effort to provide lawmakers with solutions to prevent misuse of federal funds under HEA Title VI.
Brandeis Center Welcomes Guest Blogger Mike Gonzalez
September 12, 2014
The Brandeis Center has announced the appearance of Mike Gonzalez as new guest blogger on the popular Brandeis Center Blog . In introducing Mr. Gonzalez, the Brandeis Center underscores the immediate need to address Title VI funding to universities under the Higher Education Act. Mr. Gonzalez will appear at the Blog over the two week period beginning September 15.
Brandeis Center Addresses BDS, Anti-Semitism and the Law November 20, 2014
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will address “The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Anti-Semitism and the Law” at the Dan Eilat Red Sea Hotel on Thursday, November 20, 2014, during the annual meeting of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in Eilat, Israel.
Brandeis Center Launches UVA Law School Chapter September 17, 2014
Brandeis Center Staff Attorney Danit Sibovits and Civil Rights Legal Fellow Aviva Vogelstein will appear at the launch of the new Louis D. Brandeis Center chapter at the University of Virginia School of Law on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Brandeis Center Testifies Before Rights Panel July 25, 2014
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus will testify on “Fighting Sexual Harassment in American Higher Education” before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at a federal briefing on
"Enforcement of Sexual Harassment Policy at Educational Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).”
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).
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.”
Contact Brandeis Center Lawyers About Campus Anti-Semitism
Students and professors: If you are aware of anti-Semitic or anti-Israeli incidents on your college or university campus, please contact lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.
JOINT STATEMENT ON THE MISUSE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER TITLE VI Brandeis Center
September 17, 2014
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the misuse of federal funds under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”). Despite congressional reforms adopted during the 2008 reauthorization of the HEA, many recipients of federal aid under Title VI continue to use taxpayer funds to support biased, politicized, and imbalanced programs of Middle East Studies.
The Morass of Middle East Studies: Title VI of the Higher Education Act and Federally Funded Area Studies Six years ago, Congress recognized the need for “diverse perspectives” in federally funded Middle East Studies programs. Congress had created the so-called “Title VI programs” in 1958 to address Cold War national security demands. After September 11, 2001, it was more important than ever to provide United States intelligence and armed services agencies with a pipeline of skilled workers. Unfortunately, Title VI programs were not serving their intended purpose.
“With the rapid rise of campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli incitement, which has reached epidemic proportions across the United States, the Louis D. Brandeis Center is an idea whose time has come. It is fulfilling a vital function in protecting the civil rights of Jewish students throughout the nation.”
Sarah N. Stern
President, Endowment for Middle East Truth
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Gregory H. Stanton Professor Stanton has received degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School and a masters and doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2001-2002).