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Morning Education: A daily overview of education policy news

February 24, 2017

ANTI-SEMITISM A GROWING CONCERN ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES: A few years ago, Kenneth Marcus, the former head of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, could tick off a few campuses that were “hot spots” for anti-Semitism.

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South Carolina Latest State to Address Growing Campus Anti-Semitism
February 23, 2017

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) today endorsed a bill introduced in the South Carolina Legislature which will help combat the growing threat of anti-Semitism on state college campuses.

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Local lawmaker aims to reduce anti-Semitic attacks on college campuses
ABC News 15

February 23, 2017

South Carolina lawmakers are working to fight the growing number of anti-Semitic crimes on college campuses.

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Bill would define anti-Semitism on South Carolina campuses
Tri City Herald

February 22, 2017

Supporters say a bill defining anti-Semitism for South Carolina's colleges is designed to curb a national rise of anti-Jewish bigotry on campuses. Opponents argue it could limit First Amendment rights to criticize Israel.

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Anti-Israel Rhetoric as Camouflage for anti-Semitism and Its Effects at the United Nations
February 28, 2017

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Professor Steven Resnicoff will address LDB law students at the University of Minnesota on, "Anti-Israel Rhetoric as Camouflage for anti-Semitism and Its Effects at the United Nations."

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The Progressive Lawyer's Case for Israel
February 27, 2017

On Monday, February 27, Jeffrey Robbins will address students at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Law chapter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center on, "The Progressive Lawyer's Case for Israel."

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Terrorist Speech Over the Internet
February 21, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21, Professor Alex Tsesis will be speaking to the LDB chapter at the University of Chicago on the topic of, "Free Speech in the Age of the Internet."

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BDS and the Law
February 9, 2017

On Thursday, February 9, Professor Mark Goldfeder, Director of Law and Religion Student Program and Spruill Family Senior Fellow in Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law, will speak to the LDB chapter at the University of Chicago Law School on "BDS and the Law." A scholar of law and religion and comparative Jewish Law, Goldfeder's work examines issues of marriage, polygamy, and religious liberty.

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The Definition of Anti-Semitism

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism.

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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.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Gloria Greenfield teamed up with Emmy Award-winning editor Raoul Rosenberg to create this important film on the Brandeis Center and its campaign against campus anti-Semitism.

Kenneth Marcus, Esq., President and Founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, discusses his book - "The Definition of Anti-Semitism."
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On anti-Semitism, difficult questions and contested answers
Ben Cohen, JNS News
February 24, 2017

Academic Boycotters Target the United States
Edward Kunz, Brandeis Blog
February 13, 2017

In an effort to condemn the actions taken by President Trump, some academics are now advocating a boycott against the U.S. similar as those attempted against Israel.

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LDB-Trinity College Report
Barry A. Kosmin & Ariela Keysar
LDB and Trinity College have issued this important 2015 “Anti-Semitism Report,” presenting results from a national demographic survey of American Jewish college students. This report shows that more than half of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses nationwide who took part in an online survey reported having having experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the last academic year.

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.

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Student Chapter Fact Sheet

The Louis D. Brandeis Center FAQs About Defining Anti-Semitism

Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse

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If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

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Research Articles
and Reports
Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
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Advisory Board Spotlight

Catherine Chatterley
Dr. Catherine Chatterley is the Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) and Editor-In Chief of its new periodical, Antisemitism Studies, published by Indiana University Press.
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