Using Law to Fight Antisemitism on College Campuses

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Using Law to Fight Antisemitism on College Campuses
Tuesday, July 30 at 12pm PT/3pm ET

The Department of Education has opened 48 cases tied to antisemitism at colleges and universities since Oct. 7, most related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kenneth Marcus, Founder and Chairman of the Brandeis Center is at the forefront of many of these legal cases. AJU President Jeffrey Herbst will join in conversation with Marcus and explore the utility of using Title VI and other laws to fight antisemitism on campuses, the tension between free expression and safety, and how Jewish students and their families should approach the challenges they face.


Kenneth L. Marcus is founder and chairman of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; Senior Fellow of the Center for Liberty & Law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School; and author of The Definition of Anti-Semitism, and Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America. He has published widely in academic journals as well as in more popular venues such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today, and Politico. Marcus is a graduate of Williams College, magna cum laude, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

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Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, the fourth president of American Jewish University (AJU), is an advocate for academic innovation. His leadership at AJU includes fostering growth in the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys, expanding the Maven digital platform, and improving the Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Formerly, he served as president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. Notable achievements include successfully overseeing a half billion-dollar fundraising campaign, implementing a university-wide strategic plan, and enhancing educational programming at Colgate University, where he was president from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Herbst holds a summa cum laude bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, as well as a master’s and doctorate in political science from Yale University. He is the author of the award-winning “States and Power in Africa” and, with several co-authors, the just-published “Making Africa Work.” In addition to many books and articles, he has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other digital and print publications around the world.

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