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Kenneth L. Marcus

Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010). Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education. In November 2012, Marcus was named to the Forward 50, the Jewish Daily Forward's listing of the "American Jews who made the most significant impact on the news in the past year." The Forward described its 50 honorees as "the new faces of Jewish power," predicting that "if Marcus has any say in it, we may witness a new era of Jewish advocacy." During his public service career, Marcus served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Shortly before his departure from the Civil Rights Commission, the Wall Street Journal observed that "the Commission has rarely been better managed," and that it "deserves a medal for good governance." For his work in government, Marcus was named the first recipient of the Justice and Ethics Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Civil Rights. Marcus also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism and Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism. Marcus previously held the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public Affairs (2008-2011) and was Chair of the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Legal Task Force. Before entering public service, Mr. Marcus was a litigation partner in two major law firms, where he conducted complex commercial and constitutional litigation. He publishes frequently in academic journals as well as in more popular venues such as Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Marcus is a graduate of Williams College, magna cum laude, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

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Ancient Hatred at a Campus Near You

The discovery of parcel bombs mailed from Yemen that targeted Chicago-area synagogues reminds us that North America is not immune to the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world. Internationally, the level of anti-Semitic incidents has been surging for much of…

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Kenneth L. Marcus: Free Speech As Sword and Shield

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103088703610&s=13594&e=001Te4MADY3Dpl0CwKyTvspBEHRhXSCoal7BG7HfldSMRcUqcjkeDIo5qj7EsM_vlMxjnLe88oYjYdxxanXjFYOo8TWXUJqaRnvui4ZUx_PWwU1nMA3MsKg1naODZCDPcDmizeDAhTZyp_py5NX5QuuWJePnG-Ab_Zj This month, pro-Israel speakers have been seriously heckled, disrupted or canceled at Oxford, Cambridge, UCLA, Irvine and York. On February 1, at York University counter-protesters slapped two Jewish students, one on the face and one in the arm, as…

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Kenneth L. Marcus: Submission to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism Contemporary Anti-Semitism in North American Higher Education

http://www.jewishresearch.org/quad/CPCCA_Marcus.html The resurgence of anti-Semitism in North American institutions of higher education has, sad to say, been extensively documented in recent years[2] , as have the related phenomena in other parts of the world.[3] In this submission, I would like…

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Kenneth L. Marcus: Jurisprudence of the New Anti-Semitism

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1376592 CUNY Baruch College School of Public Affairs Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 44, 2009 Kenneth Marcus, Department of Social Policy, Baruch College, is Chair of SPME’s Legal Task Force. Abstract:What is wrong with the new anti-Semitism which is now…

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